July 25, 2021

Two games, one day—no doubleheader: A unique 2010 story (Twinkie Town)


During the first few months of Target Field’s existence, gaining admission felt somewhat like finding the golden ticket in a Wonka Bar. Every game was sold out, so procuring tickets was a matter of second-hand perusing. In late-May of 2010, I had garnered a seat—against the hated Yankees, no less!. As I sat down to watch the start of the series on TV, I knew I’d be watching from the upper deck behind home plate the next night (May 26). Within a few hours, a series of events transpired that gave me even more than I bargained for…

On that night of the 25th, Scott Baker & A.J. Burnett matched empty frames for five innings in what looked to be a classic pitcher’s duel. The contest even featured the debut of the Rally Squirrel, believe it or not:

But then the rains came, and it was clear there would be no stopping the deluge for hours. Initially, I was pretty bummed—I wanted to see how this would turn out. But after a delay of about an hour and a half, the teams agreed on a rather odd scheduling compromise: due to the fact that the Yankees would not be stopping in MN again for the rest of the season, the resumption of the action would take place the next day. Odder…

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