Monday, December 13, 2010

Metrodome Roof Issues and the Twins

If you were under a rock for the entire weekend you might have missed the news that the Teflon roof at the Metrodome collapsed under the weight of 17 inches of snow that fell in the Twin Cities.  It was quite the sight to behold.  Here is a live Fox Sports video of the roof caving in.

There have been a history of issues with the roof at the Metrodome and this impacted the Twins on multiple occasions.  Curiously enough on both occasions the Twins were playing the California Angels.

April 14, 1983: Twins vs. Angels (Part I)
Heavy snow was the culprit on this early season game.  This game had to be postponed.  The teams ended up playing three more games that weekend.  A much quicker fix than the current predicament with the Metrodome.

This game wouldn't be made up until the Angles returned to the Twin Cities in August.  It was the first game of a Monday double-header that the teams would split.  The Angles won the make-up game 12-6 and the Twins won the second game 7-0.  Rick Lysander pitched a complete game shutout for the Twins while giving up 11 hits.

April 26, 1986: Twins vs. Angles (Part II)
This time the cause was high winds that caused a small tear.  The roof didn't completely collapse and this  was a quick fix.  It only caused a nine-minute delay in the seventh inning.

The Twins lost this contest 7-6 because of six runs scored by the Angles in the top of the 9th.  Frank Viola pitched into 9th but the wheels fell off there.  He was replaced by Ron Davis who blew the save (much like the roof) by giving up four runs including two homeruns.

This was the last issue with the roof until the events of this weekend.

Here are a few photos I took of the Metrodome yesterday.  It's a quick video so feel free to check it out (You'll need QuickTime to view it).

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