Metrodome
My Baseball Dream
by Ray Bergman

Game 11 - Twins vs Blue Jays at the Metrodome

August 16, 1996

Good news to all fellow dreamers. The doctors in Chicago have found the proper antibiotics that are giving me some relief for my ailing knee. I will not be put on the 15 day disablabled list or have to go to the minors for rehab. My "baseball knee" is well on the way to a full recovery and the dream continues.

Chicago. What a town! My kind of town. On one of my days off, Marc and I spent some time touring the city and its many fine shopping areas. We went to the old Orchard outdoor shopping mall with its stores, the likes of Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Lord and Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue, to name a few. We drove Chicago's famous lake shore passing Soldiers Field, Buckingham Fountain and the Navy Pier. We witnessed swimmers, joggers, roller bladers, beach volleyballers and softball games being played. Then on up Sheridan Avenue and past the georgous campus of Northwestern University.

Friday, August 16th, game 11, we drove the 400 miles to Minneapolis for the game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Minnesota Twins.

The drive took us through the state of Wisconsin with its beautiful greenery and farm land. We stopped and visited a friend in Booklyn Park, MN. He, his wife and their nine children heaped a royal welcome on us and then we were off to the OLD BALL GAME.

The instant we walked into the Metrodome, we knew this was a better looking domed facility then the Astrodome. For one thing, the color scheme of the seats and walls were more appealing. The seats were a dark blue and the walls and ceiling were a grey/white. It has two levels of seating with skyboxes in between. We sat directly behind home plate, 29 rows up.

The starting pitcher for the Blue Jays was Juan Guzman, and for the Twins, Brad Radke. The Blue Jays scored single runs in the second and third and and a homer in the fifth by Alex Rodriquez. The Twins had single runs in the 4th and 5th and the score stood at 3-2 Jays after five. In the seventh, the Twins' Marty Cordova hit a two run blast and the Twins took a 4-3 lead. In the ninth, Toronto's John Olderud hit a double to knock in the tying run. Now the game was into extra innings (what more could a baseball dreamer ask for) when up stepped Dave Hollins, he drove the ball off the "hefty Bag" fence in right field and the winning run was scored by the Twins' Stahoviak in the 10th inning. A very exciting game!

Notes:

  • Winning Pitcher: Jose Parra
  • Losing pitcher: Paul Quantrill
  • Attendance: 19,838
  • Time of game: Three hours and twenty-five minutes and the tempereature was 72 degrees inside.
  • Game winning hit: Dave Hollins
  • Gas prices in Chicago: $1.30 a gallon
Talk to you next time from guess where?... Chicago again! Until then, keep praying for no rainouts.

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