For the final scheduled game in the Metrodome, they lifted the curtain and filled over 51,000 seats. And it wasn't because it was the last chance to watch a game in the stadium--it was because the Twins had a chance to steal the division title from Detroit on the last day of season again.
The Twins did their job, too, pleasing the largest crowd since 1993 with a 13-4 victory and a series sweep of the lowly Royals. Unfortunately, the Tigers also won, leaving both teams with an 86-76 record after the normal 162 games. Of course, you know what that means: the Twins will play a play-in for the second year in a row, this time at the Metrodome. [Who knew that the rule change caused by the Twins' arguments would have an effect so early, and actually benefit the Twins at that?] Whether that's the last Twins game played at the Dome, yet again, remains to be seen.
Jason Kubel and Delmon Young each hit two homers, Michael Cuddyer added his 32nd, and Orlando Cabrera had 3 hits (2 doubles) in the process of walloping Kansas City. They'll need more of the same when Detroit comes on Tuesday to decide who will be crowned the AL Central division champion.
For the record, my optimism has been rewarded.