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April 3, 1982: Twins win the first game in Metrodome


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Jim Sustacek
Pete Rose gets the first base hit in the Metrodome, but the Twins secure the first victory, a 5-0 win over Philadelphia in an exhibition game. The baggie is noticeably absent in KSTP's footage as rookie Kent Hrbek homers twice to tie Harmon Killebrew's spring training club record of 9. Hrbek and fellow Twins players Gary Gaetti, Butch Wynegar, and Dave Engle comment on the stadium.

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I was there with buddies on the third base side. Rose hit a solid ball for the hit. Redfern was the starting pitcher, whom I got to know briefly while I lived in Chatsworth, CA. I believe he was the pitching coach or manager of the Chatsworth Chancellors at the time and one of my employees was a family friend of his. A very nice guy and courageous. 

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