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Continued: Joe Soucheray: Jumping on Metrodome Bandwagon is hard for the doubters

  • Article by: JOE SOUCHERAY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 28, 2013 - 9:03 AM

I could throw Walt Whitman at them, I suppose, or the Constitution. Better, I could tell them about a telephone call that came for me yesterday afternoon in the hours before Pearl Bailey rang out the national anthem. She received the only sustained applause of last night’s festivities, not counting Gary Gaetti.

“Hello,” I said, “you are speaking with the man who challenges the concept of indoor baseball and believes that it will not work in Minnesota in the summertime. Not the domed stadium itself, mind you, for it is a tribute to laborers and architects everywhere. For that matter, it’s a tribute to the space program, considering that the roof is made of Teflon.”

“My name is George Chapple,” said the voice on the other end. “I’m 35 and employed at Gelco Leasing. I just wanted to say that there never will be a nice day for a ballgame again.”

“George,” I said, “I will steal that line.”

“Take it!” George said.

“George,” I said, “am I generically sour?”

“No,” George said. “Challenge the concept.”

There are at least two of us, myself and George Chapple, he out at Gelco Leasing. Are there hundreds more? Thousands? Hundreds of thousands? We are running as fast as we can, all of us, and we cannot catch the Bandwagon, or it will not stop, if there is a distinction.

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