19 Years Ago Today

A press box, by its very nature, is almost always a quiet sanctuary in which to watch a sporting event.  Members of the “press” or media are not to cheer for either team.  In summary, the press box is usually a very comfortable and quiet place to sit, if you’re not a fan of either team.  If.

19 years ago today, it might have been the most uncomfortable place on earth for me.  It was October 27th, 1991 and I was in the auxiliary press box at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.  The Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves were locked in a scoreless tie in Game 7 of the World Series.  And I couldn’t breathe.  As a hardcore Twins fan, I was suffocating in my own silence and inability to yell or scream or jump from my seat.  For 10 gut-wrenching innings.  Sitting to my right was another devout Twins fan, TV’s Pat Sweeney.  He seemed to be handling it better than me.

The auxiliary press box for baseball at the Metrodome is where the  Minnesota Vikings press box is normally located.  So it basically encompasses right and center field.  A long way from home plate.  But when Gene Larkin’s innocent fly ball to left-center landed on the green turf, I’m pretty sure I made it to home plate before Dan Gladden did.

So as the 2010 World Series begins tonight, I will do what I do every year at this time:  think about all the pain I was in 19 years ago.

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