"Nobody expected us to win, we were supposed to be contracted (after the season), and there was no way we were supposed to beat (Jason) Giambi, Chavez, and the best three-man rotation in baseball,'' Twins center fielder Torii Hunter said Monday. "I remember everything about it. It was like David taking down Goliath."
I, of course, have my own memories of that 2002 playoff. The A's were, of course, heavily favored to win the series until the Twins got clutch performances from A.J. Pierzynski, Harmon Killebrew, Zoilo Versalles, and Ossie Bluege. The tide really turned in the best-of-nine series during game seven at Griffith Stadium when Gus Zernial's blast off of a Firpo Marberry palm ball hit a low-flying zeppelin and fell harmlessly into Bombo Rivera's glove -- the ball, not the zeppelin. (Sadly, the zeppelin crashed into the right field bleachers wounding scores of fans and prompting the bankruptcy of Pan-American Airlines.) Major League Baseball subsequently changed to rules about zeppelins and other airships being in play, but it was too late to help the Athletics who lost 24-21 on a late Jan Stenerud field goal.
Ah, the memories. Almost as crystal clear as Torii Hunter's.
I am having more fun with a couple harmless misstatements of fact than I probably should.