The first Minnesota Twins teams I watched were in the early 1990s, but ah, not early enough. I started watching in 1993 and by 1994 I was fully hooked on the grand old game.

So not only did I miss the World Series-winning 1991 team, but even the 90-win 1992 team was a faded memory the first time I asked my grandma why Pat Meares never got to hit in the first inning when watching a game in her kitchen as a seven-year-old scamp in 1993.

I mean, in school everybody got to ‘hit’ every inning in kickball; why was baseball different?

Eventually I found out why — maybe a year or two ago — but ever since then my love for the game burned with the first of a thousand suns.

The 1994 season was kind of wild for a lot of reasons. The Twins were semi-decent after losing 91 games the year before, and early on in the season, Scott Erickson threw a no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers in a game that saw Brian Harper play right field (!) for the other team (!).

The game we’re showing here comes from June 1 at the Metrodome, and it’s clearly a getaway day situation. It’s a 12:16 p.m. first pitch on a Wednesday afternoon, and the announce team isn’t fronted by Dick Bremer as we’ve come to know and appreciate for all these years.

(screenshot from YouTube)

Wait, what?¬†That¬†Chad Hartman? Yes, Sid’s son was on the call for some select Twins games back then, a fact I didn’t recall except for seeing his photo on a collage in the Target Field press box showing everyone who had a stint calling games in club history.

But I don’t recall it from back then, so watching it now was kind of a fun experience.

Here are the lineups for that game:

Some of the fun things you get to see in this one:

  • A game played in just over two hours, and shorter less commercials as it’s edited for here.
  • Kent Hrbek and Kirby Puckett in the twilight of their careers.
  • Alex Cole’s bodacious shades.
  • Shane Mack’s eyebrows.
  • A prime Ken Griffey Jr.
  • Other great Mariners like Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner and Tino Martinez.
  • An exclusive pregame interview with Lou Piniella, one of the game’s all-time great characters.

So sit back, grab a Crystal Pepsi and watch Kevin Tapani battle Chris Bosio on MSC — the precursor to Victory Sports.

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