Twins game goes on despite bridge tragedy

The show had to go on Wednesday, as much as some Twins didn't want it to.

After watching scenes from the Interstate 35W bridge collapse just moments before the scheduled first pitch, the Twins took the field and lost 5-3 to Kansas City in 10 innings. But there was little thought given to missing out on a chance to pick up a game on Cleveland in the wild-card race and Detroit in the AL Central.

What mattered was that the crowd of 24,880 stayed in the Metrodome and did not head out onto the nearby roads and highways, which would have snarled traffic for emergency crews rushing to the site of the tragedy to help with rescue.

So the Twins did their part.

"The ballgame had to played," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I don't think a lot of us wanted to be out there, but it was the right thing to do to make sure they could do their jobs out there and to keep the fans in here."

Today's series finale has been postponed and will be made up at a later date. And Twins president Dave St. Peter said Wednesday that the four-game series against Cleveland could be affected as well.

It was less than a half hour before game time Wednesday when Twins players learned of I-35W bridge collapse.

After looking at the scenes on television, everyone grabbed a cellphone.

Gardenhire, first base coach Jerry White and bench coach Steve Liddle drive over the bridge before and after every home game. Third base coach Scott Ullger just happened to drive over the bridge on Wednesday.

And although many Twins aren't from the area or don't take the bridge daily, they needed to check on family members. Who knew if a loved one had to run an errand on Wednesday and had to use the bridge?

"I couldn't get in touch with my wife until the fourth inning," Twins catcher Mike Redmond said. "So there was a little bit of anxiety there."

Torii Hunter had to be notified during that game that his wife had arrived to the ballpark safely.

The sense of tragedy gripped players more and more as the night went on and the Dome's public address announcer repeated alternate routes over and over.

"I don't know if people knew the severity," said Twins reliever Pat Neshek, who's from Brooklyn Park. "They don't really know the area. I knew it was a major road. I called my wife, and it kind of hit me hard. Because I have a lot of friends. Everybody does here.

"Baseball was probably the last thing on my mind. They asked them to play the game, I think. I was kind of surprised we did."

The Twins missed a few plays in the field that allowed Kansas City to stay in the game and push it to extra innings. Alex Gordon's two-run homer off Juan Rincon in the 10th ended the Twins' four-game winning streak.

After the game, Twins General Manager Terry Ryan addressed the team, explaining why the game had to be played. Players then showered and left for home, all feeling for those who were affected by the tragedy.

"We all feel like we are part of the community," Redmond said. "And we feel just like everyone else does."

  • related content

  • Santana's start pushed back

    Wednesday August 1, 2007

    Twins lefthander Johan Santana's start has been pushed back until Friday against Cleveland, if that game against the Indians is played as scheduled.

  • Twins decide to play game, keep people off streets

    Monday August 6, 2007

    Twins President Dave St. Peter said he learned of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., only 40...

  • Twins teammates agree with Santana

    Wednesday August 1, 2007

    One day after lefthander Johan Santana criticized the direction of the team after it failed to make a deal for...

  • Game recap

    Thursday August 2, 2007

    MVPAlex Gordon, RoyalsHis two-run homer in the 10th inning let Kansas City defeat the Twins.NUMBERS3 Hits for Royals center fielder...

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions


Tennessee 7:25 PM
Philadelphia 12/20/14 3:30 PM
San Diego 12/20/14 7:25 PM
San Francisco
Minnesota 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Detroit 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Atlanta 12/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Green Bay 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Kansas City 12/21/14 12:00 PM
New England 12/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
NY Giants 12/21/14 3:05 PM
St. Louis
Buffalo 12/21/14 3:25 PM
Indianapolis 12/21/14 3:25 PM
Seattle 12/21/14 7:30 PM
Denver 12/22/14 7:30 PM
New York 7:00 PM
New Orleans 7:30 PM
Milwaukee 9:00 PM
Oklahoma City 9:30 PM
Golden State
Florida 6:00 PM
Colorado 6:00 PM
Toronto 6:00 PM
Washington 6:00 PM
Anaheim 6:30 PM
St. Louis 9:30 PM
Los Angeles
Edmonton 9:30 PM
San Jose
St Thomas (TX) 17 2nd Half 20:00
Rice 33
Stony Brook 6:00 PM
Temple 6:00 PM
FIU 6:00 PM
Long Island
Lehigh 6:00 PM
South Alabama 6:00 PM
Seton Hall 6:00 PM
South Florida
Ga Southern 6:00 PM
Yale 6:00 PM
Cleveland State 6:00 PM
Wright State 6:00 PM
Western Carolina
Nicholls 6:30 PM
Louisiana Tech
Morgan State 6:30 PM
Idaho State 6:30 PM
South Dakota St
Oakland City 7:00 PM
Austin Peay
Eureka 7:00 PM
Appalachian St 7:00 PM
Connecticut 7:00 PM
Southern Miss 7:00 PM
Jackson State
Coastal Carolina 7:00 PM
Ole Miss
Montana State 7:30 PM
South Dakota
LSU 8:00 PM
Ohio 8:05 PM
CS-Dominguez 9:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
Walla Walla 9:00 PM
DePaul 9:00 PM
Oregon State
Nevada 9:00 PM
Portland State 9:00 PM
San Francisco
CS-Bakersfield 9:05 PM
Utah State
Nevada 12/20/14 10:00 AM
Utah State 12/20/14 1:20 PM
Texas-El Paso
(23) Utah 12/20/14 2:30 PM
Colorado State
Western Mich 12/20/14 4:45 PM
Air Force
South Alabama 12/20/14 8:15 PM
Bowling Green
BYU 12/22/14 1:00 PM
Marshall 12/23/14 5:00 PM
Northern Ill
Navy 12/23/14 8:30 PM
San Diego St
Central Mich 12/24/14 11:00 AM
Western Ky
Fresno State 12/24/14 7:00 PM
Niagara 76 FINAL
Cleveland State 58
High Point 59 FINAL
VA Commonwealth 81
Towson 64 FINAL
Wake Forest 74
Presbyterian 43 2nd Half 2:31
Charlotte 63
Chicago State 52 2nd Half 7:46
Bradley 54
Northwestern Coll 54 2nd Half 4:03
Drake 95
Vanderbilt 30 1st Half 2:26
Marquette 37
Temple 4:00 PM
Southern Miss 4:00 PM
Ole Miss
UMBC 4:00 PM
Miami-Florida 5:00 PM
St Mary-KS 5:00 PM
South Dakota
William & Mary 5:00 PM
Troy 5:30 PM
Loyola Marymount 6:00 PM
St Francis-PA 6:00 PM
Indiana-Southeast 6:00 PM
Delaware State 6:00 PM
Tenn Temple 6:00 PM
West Virginia St 6:00 PM
Fairfield 6:00 PM
Seton Hall
Dartmouth 6:00 PM
New Hampshire
Ball State 6:00 PM
Jacksonville 6:00 PM
Tennessee St
Trine 6:00 PM
Western Mich
Tenn Tech 6:30 PM
Samford 7:00 PM
New Orleans 7:00 PM
Incarnate Word 7:00 PM
TX-Pan American
Ark-Little Rock 7:00 PM
South Dakota St
CS-Northridge 7:30 PM
Northern Ariz
Santa Clara 8:00 PM
(19) Oklahoma St 8:00 PM
Weber State
Washington 8:00 PM
San Diego State
Cal Poly 8:00 PM
New Mexico
(10) Louisville 8:00 PM
Grand Canyon
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters





question of the day

Poll: Do you like the Ervin Santana signing by the Twins?

Weekly Question