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#1 J-Dog Dungan

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:45 AM

What are your favorite moments? Mine is the call when Cabrera hits the homerun in the 7th off of Miner & the last hit

#2 Brendan Kennealy

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:49 AM

Bobby Keppel closing it out and Carlos Gomez scoring the winning run off Casilla's hit. Talk about role players.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 10:02 AM

Casilla's game winning hit was the best. Everyone at my place was going crazy. I watched that replay so many times in the off-season.
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 10:27 AM

Joe Nathan's reaction after Cabrera catches Ordonez's line-drive and doubles-off Jackson on first. Actually, I'll add Cuddyer's fistbump, Cabrera's excited leap, and Cabrera/Nathan's dugout celebration after that, too. Even Mauer pumped his fist after that play.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 10:43 AM

I was in the 9th row behind the Tigers dugout. At the time I lived in Uptown and after the dramatic win I sprinted the whole way home in the rain, running off sheer adrenaline. I later met Rick Porcello at a trade show that winter and spent several minutes talking to him about the amazing experience. Even though he was on the losing end he agreed it was the greatest game he ever played in.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 10:54 AM

Cabrera's shot in the 8th would've been the answer if not for Ordonez's gut wrenching homer to tie it half an inning later. Ryan Raburn losing the ball in the lights giving Cuddy the triple to lead off the 10th while down a run was the most inflating, and surreal experience I've had at any baseball game.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:05 AM

I don't know if I can limit it to one moment. I was sitting in dead center field. The general atmosphere in the place was really the thing I remember most. There was just so much energy. But Casilla's game winning hit was a pretty amazing way to end it.

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#8 J-Dog Dungan

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 01:01 PM

Triple by Cuddy was sweet, too. Shout out to the ump who saved our butts. Who thinks the "Inge HBP" was called right? It clearly brushed the jersey

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 01:35 PM

I couldn't believe Keppel wormed his way out of the one out basses loaded disaster he got himself into in the 12th. He was about the last arm available and for good reason, he hadn't done anything productive during his time with the Twins. I thought the season was over when he walked in from the bullpen and I couldn't have been more certain after he loaded the bases with the intentional walk. I think he went to Japan after that season but that's got to be something to tell the grandkids about someday.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 01:46 PM

My kids went to that game and there were several times where my son was nearly in tears, thinking it was lost. We were behind first base, upper deck, maybe 15 rows from the top.

My favorite moment is the entire time Keppel pitched. He was awful, clearly fighting himself, and I'm convinced to this day that the crowd absolutely carried him. I've never been prouder of a MN Twins crowd than I was that night, that inning.

That night, I blogged 12 Memories Before Bed. It's still one of my favorite entries.

#11 J-Dog Dungan

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 03:13 PM

Refresh my memory; which inning did Mauer take the extra base in?

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 03:32 PM

Refresh my memory; which inning did Mauer take the extra base in?


Looks like bottom of the first.

It was fun to read the play by play and review the box.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 03:36 PM

A lot of great moments, but my favorite was Gomez racing around third and sliding in safely. I happened to run in to Gomez at MOA the night before the game and wished him good luck in passing. He hadn't played much in those last few months leading up to 163, but came up big when it mattered.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 04:01 PM

I think my favorite non-baseball moment of that game was when they played "Don't Stop Believing" over the intercom. When the song got to the lyric, "Born and raised in South Detroit" the whole crowd started booing.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 04:02 PM

That was the first time I ever left the Metrodome needing a shower. What a game. An unmentioned but unforgettable moment was the crowd taunting Miguel Cabrera before he clobbered an absolute BOMB of Baker. Pretty good way to shut us up.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 04:07 PM

Oh, one other thing. How in the world did Matt Tolbert's tailor-made game-ending double-play ball in the 10th inning elude Polanco? When it left the bat, the game was over yet Polanco somehow couldn't quite reach it.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:44 PM

That whole game was insane for me, I will never experience a sport moment like that again in my life time. I remember calling in "sick" at work so I could make the drive from WI to see that game. I was at the Royals game/162 and after we found out Detroit won, I went outside and stood in line for tickets.

#18 J-Dog Dungan

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:44 PM

SEC, you are a true Twins fan. Best game that I have heard of in my lifetime (only 17 years, but game 7 of the 2001 WS might be close in epicosity.)

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 01:45 AM

Casilla's game winning hit and go go Gomez scoring the winning run

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 04:22 PM

I think my favorite non-baseball moment of that game was when they played "Don't Stop Believing" over the intercom. When the song got to the lyric, "Born and raised in South Detroit" the whole crowd started booing.


Yeah, I had friends there and they captured that moment of video.