I only have one specific about last night's game, beyond giddy squealing sound-effects: I'm pretty sure that the loud and raucous "Let's Go Pun-to!" cheer was one of the Top Ten Most Awesome Things That Have Ever Happened In The History Of The World. Just sayin'.
In spite of going to bed last night with the warm fuzzy security of knowing that I'm lucky (and smart) enough to be a fan of the greatest sports franchise in the world, I did not sleep well. I was too gosh darn excited.
I am excited beyond words for a series with the Royals. Who knew?
There are two circumstances in my past where I can recall being almost this excited to watch the Twins play the Royals.
1) My senior year of college, I skipped my UWRF Wednesday evening SCUBA class quite a bit in order to go to College Night at the Dome (I actually missed that class so many times that I had to test out of everything in one make-up afternoon. Thank god the instructors were Twins fans and understood my compulsions.) I was always very excited for the inevitable hot mess that was Lower GA College Night meeting Chuck Knoblauch in the outfield. Good times. The youngins these days don't know what they're missing up there in the Cheap Seats.
2) I taught school in Louisiana for a year, and the closest thing I had to baseball was driving 4 hours to Houston to see the Astros, or driving 2 hours to New Orleans to see the Zephyrs (who, at the time, were the Astros AAA team). For those of you who don't know....I happen to hate the Astros. It killed me. I only went to one Twins game that year, while I was home visiting, and it happened to be against the Royals. I was pretty excited about that game too. I bought awesome seats 2 rows up from 1st base for Doug Mientkiewicz reasons, but he busted up his wrist literally the night before. Just my luck.
Anyway....I am quite thrilled about this series. We'll be at the Dome all weekend. We're looking forward to the necessity of high-fiving strangers. That's not something we say very often.
[Just in case anyone needed to make these games even more high-stakes, I have one more Twins Storytime story in me for the regular season, but it only really works if things go well. Otherwise I will have to save it for another season.]
[A non-baseball related aside about not sleeping well....when I'm really tired and get up early I tend to feel a little urpy. I went to go fill my gas tank at 7:30am, feeling urpy. When I paid, the clerk said, in a bizarrely surprised manner, "Oh, you don't need any beef sticks or anything?" Um....gross. I feel a little sick just thinking about it again. Honestly, does anyone ever really NEED beef sticks? Especially at 7:30am? No.]