I would have to say Hunter mis-playing that ball in the playoffs ranks up there.
I agree with longdistancetwins...Hrbek's GS. I still get excited even now whenever I watch it.
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1. Puckett's HR
2. Gene Larkin drives in Dan Gladden
3. Game 163 walk-off (gets bonus points because I saw it in person)
4. Hrbek's salami.
5. ALCS party
6. Hrbek/Gant (the controversy is the only reason anyone remembers it)
7/8. Killebrew HR/Allison's catch (these were before my time)
That game where we turned two triple plays.
Winning in the wild card round a year after contraction.
Thome's walk-off HR against the Chisox
Kubel's monster straightaway cf upper deck home run in game 163. (Again, I was there :) )
Kubel's upper deck grand slam to complete cycle/huge comeback.
That Morneau HR that broke the scoreboard in Milwaukee.
Something Mauer related. (Sad that the second greatest Twin of my lifetime doesn't have a signature moment.
1. The catch
2. The homer
3. The shutout
4. Hrbek takedown
5. The deke
1. Gladden homer
2. Hrbek homer
1. Sandy vs. Kitty
2. The other catch
I did have a strange gut feeling about the 1990 Twins: that they really weren't a last place team, and that they would do something with their good pitching and defense.
Gad, so many moments. I was at the ALCS celebration in '87. I remember dome officials not expecting the place to jammed like it was.
Kent Hrbek sprawled out face down up the first base line, foot on first, snagging a throw from Gary Gaetti is probably the most memorable defensive play I've ever seen. Although, Nick Punto rolling the ball to Casilla with his glove, while face down, is right up there. Allan Anderson doubling a guy off first after diving to field a bunt that was popped foul was another incredible play. Mickey Hatcher diving for a ball and the ball winding up under his cap, which came off during the dive, was the most hilarious thing I've ever seen, defensively. (I think it was Hatcher, could be wrong)
Anyway, Puckett's catch and blast are the moments that really stand out for me.
Jack Morris' complete game in Game 7 of the '91 Series may not be an iconic moment, but it definitely is iconic.
Les Straker's meltdown after being called for a balk (dropped the ball while on the rubber) at Busch Stadium exemplified Twins post season road futility in the '87 Series.
One of the things I love about baseball is that just as soon as you think you've seen everything, something wild and weird happens. Such as a wild pitch during an intentional walk.
I think that the iconic moment from Morris' complete game in '91 was when he walked out of the dugout to start the 10th inning. I still get chills thinking about that moment.
I'm not 60, so I can't speak to the Killebrew events, but I was an 11-year-old on my one and only weekend trip to the Met on 6/26/77. Twins beat the ChiSox 19-12 to move in first place. Carew had four hits. Glenn Adams had a grand slam and a team-record 8 RBIs after getting booed for misplaying a ball the day before. A drunk guy tried to climb the left field foul pole, and I seem to remember the Sox 1B coach (Minnie Minoso?) getting thrown out as the crowd went nuts.
I think the regular season attendance record for the Met was set that day, but my brother-in-law and I know that the record was two less than the announced 46,463. It was Rod Carew Jersey Day and all the kids got a t-shirt. Paul wanted one badly enough that we bought an extra two tickets for the bleachers, went in and got the shirt, walked back out and then entered at our real seats down the first base line.
It's probably behind the 1991 series, but that day will probably always be MY iconic Twins moment.
You didn't mention my favorite. The Day Killebrew saved Carew's life.
Opening Day 1969. Rod Carew on 3rd. Gaylord Perry pitching for the Rangers.Harmon Killebrew at the plate. Carew fakes a steal of home and Perry ignores him. The next pitch Carew goes to steal home and Killebrew almost killed Carew with a 1/2 swing. He stopped his swing at the last second and Carew was safe. You had to be there.
Just so everybody knows, I asked my followers on Twitter for the nominees for this poll. There have been a lot of iconic moments in the franchise history but I thought this was a good list.
Here's the updated standings after the weekend:
1. Kirby's Catch
2. Larkin's walk-off
3. Hrbek's Grand Slam
4. ALCS Celebration
5. Hrbek tags Gant
6. Casilla's Walk-Off
7. Killebrew's bomb
8. Allison's catch
Are there any surprises in the current standings?
How about the DP with the bases loaded in Game 7 in 91 and Hrbek pumping his arm? That is the most memorable play for me. Others for me: Killebrew hitting it over the roof at Tiger Stadium; Carew chasing .400; Cesar Tovar playing all positions; Casilla's walkoff; Morris and Kelly having that conversation in the bottom of the ninth and you knew Morris was heading out there; Kirby's catch; Twins facing Koufax in 65; Ray Scott telling Halsey Hall "You can get up from underneath the table" after the Twins clinch the AL in 65.
I love that Halsey Hall story -- that one was just before my time so much appreciated. And that's about how I felt when Eddie G almost blew that Game 5 out in Oakland in 2002 :)
Two other Iconic moments which probably fall outside the top ten but deserve mention (or reminiscence): Puckett getting 10 hits in 2 games in Milwaukee (he probably swung at the first pitch on each one) and Morneau's big homer against Zumaya in Detroit in 2006. I think both of those were in August. Ahh to have a pennant race again...