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Going out in a blaze of glory

By Josh Gloe

For Twins fans, the final season at the Metrodome could not be more exciting. Sunday, October 4th could have been the final game at the Dome in Minneapolis, with the Twins and Tigers tied for first in the American League Central. The Tigers won the game against the White Sox, the team who abruptly ended the Twins season last year. However, this year Twins fans were cheering on the White Sox (while cheering for Brett Favre!). The Tigers did end up beating the Chicago Sox, so the Twins season was on the line once again - a loss would end things.

A loss, however, was the farthest thing from the mind of Kubel, Young, and the Twins. Kubel, who took the reigns from Morneau since his inactivation, slugged not one but two home runs in the "final" game at the dome. But Delmon Young wasn't satisfied with finishing with just one home run, either, with teammate Kubel hitting two. So, Young simply slapped one over the left-field fence to give him his second of the game as well.

The Twins will be taking on the Tigers in what might actually be the real last game at the dome on Tuesday. Will the momentum be on the Twins' side, after the great offensive performance of Kubel and Young on Sunday? Or will it be with the Tigers, who are not so fond of giving up the number one spot in the division that they held for much of the season?

A win for the Twins means lots of champaigne and celebrating. They would then go on to play the Yankees in the first round of the official playoffs. Would the emotional momentum of a last-game win be enough to carry the Twins past the Yankees' offensive powerhouse? Only time will tell.

A loss against the Tigers would mean another disappointing end to the year for the Twins. But, will the Twins seriously lose with Kubel and Young hitting as they are, an ear-splittingly loud sellout full house-of-a-metrodome, and the pride of a Minnesota fanbase whose Vikings just beat the Packers the night before (hopefully)? I think not! Minnesota will not let the dome fade away without going out in a blaze of glory!


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