On a gloomy morning-after for Minnesota sports teams following an ugly loss by the Timberwolves and a low-energy loss by the Wild, it's a good time to remember a happier day. Today is the 30th anniversary of the Twins beating St. Louis in Game 7 of the World Series.
We'll forego our memories in favor of sharing some videos.
Take a break, enjoy and (if you're a millennial or a kid) ask someone what it was like that night and in the days after.
Here's the final out of the game. Make sure you watch the extremely animated reaction of Tom Kelly at the 58-second mark. (Bonus points if you can name the person next to him.)
Winning pitcher Frank Viola struggled through the first couple of innings, to the point where Bert Blyleven (the starter in Games 2 and 5), was warming up in the bullpen. But here's a look at Viola dominating in the middle innings.
And how can we forget the 1987 postseason also marked the debut of the Homer Hanky. Yes, you had to line up to get them after they were first introduced. Twins curator Clyde Doepner explains:
And this is the parade that Twins fans will someday hope to reproduce. Ch. 4 showed the parade during the afternoon and again in a one-hour special that night, knocking off an episode of Jake and the Fatman.
Finally, if you haven't killed enough time, here's the entire game, courtesy of MLB Classics.