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Hayden Goethe, Published October 11 2009

Goethe: Saying goodbye to Metrodome ... again

How many ways can a person say goodbye? An incredible regular-season rally by the Minnesota Twins has me wondering how many times I can walk into the Metrodome this year thinking it will be the last time I step foot in the facility.

Breaking up with the Dome has been like breaking up with a girlfriend. As it was once put on “Seinfeld” by its title character, “Breaking up is like knocking over a (pop) machine. You can’t do it in one push. You got to rock it back and forth a few times, and then it goes over.”

I find myself – for the third time – with tickets to what will probably be my final Twins game at the Metrodome. I plan to be there this evening when the Twins take on the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.

Despite looking overmatched on paper, the Twins could have won Game 2 on Friday, but instead find themselves down 0-2 in the best-of-5 series after two games at Yankee Stadium.

And now the Twins return to the Teflon-coated friendly confines of the Metrodome. When last at home Tuesday, the Twins scored a 12-inning victory in a one-game playoff against the Detroit Tigers to determine the AL Central division champion. The winner went to the playoffs. The loser went home.

Tuesday’s victory capped an incredible Twins’ comeback that saw them win 16 of their final 20 games to catch the Tigers. I was there on Sept. 13 when that streak started, thinking it would be my last time going to a game at the Dome. I was there on Tuesday, thinking when the Tigers had the bases loaded against Twins pitcher Bobby Keppel in extra innings that I was again seeing my final game at the stadium that I saw my first Twins game at in 1987.

And once again, with the Twins facing elimination tonight, I think this is it. This has got to be the last time.

Can there be any of this so-called “Metrodome magic” left?


Readers can reach Forum Assistant Sports Editor Hayden Goethe at (701) 241-5558 or at hgoethe@forumcomm.com