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Twins just got more popular

October 7, 2009 - Per Peterson
The Twins and Tigers played the second best Metorodme game ever Tuesday, one-upped only by Game 7 of the 1991 World Series. And the only reason that game is No. 1 is because it happened to be a Game 7 — the final game of the season to decide that year’s world champions. Call it Game 163, call it play-in game, but Tuesday’s tilt was, for all intents and purposes, WAS a playoff game. Any game where the loser’s season is over and the winner gets to keep on playing is a playoff game. How good was Tuesday’s game? Good enough to not have an MVP — there were so many great performances, so many clutch hits, pitches and defensive plays, that there’s no way to single out one player. This was how good Tuesday’s epic contest was: It was one of those games that turns non-fans into fans. People in Minnesota or Michigan who would never think of watching two outs of a baseball game, let alone an entire game, were transformed, in a window of one or two hours, into Twins or Tigers fans — baseball fans. People who don’t own a single Twins hat or shirt, will now go out and buy memorabilia. The Twins have a knack for sucking us in; its like a cult. From the outside, you’re pretty skeptical, but once you get pulled in, you’re in. As they say, the Twins play baseball the right way, and so do the Tigers. That’s what made Tuesday’s game an instant classic, even though, technically, it wasn’t a playoff game. The Twins’ bandwagon is so full now that tickets for any seat are being scalped. And, thanks to their performance Tuesday, there’s a good chance many of those seats won’t be empty again for a long time, no matter what happens against the Yankees.


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