1981: The final game at the Met

Wednesday September 30, 1981

15,900 gathered at Metropolitan Stadium to say goodbye to the place that the Twins had called home since moving to Minnesota in 1961. There had been some controversy about the new domed stadium in Minneapolis, but it would be ready for the 1982 season.

While the game wasn’t a meaningful one in terms of the standings for the Twins, Kansas City was a different story. The Royals needed a win to clinch a playoff berth. More important, however, was the playoff standing. The Oakland A’s had won the first half of the strike-shortened season and would play some other team from the AL West in a best-of-five playoff for the AL West title. Kansas City clinched at least second place with the win over the Twins, but still needed to hold off the A’s in order to keep home field in the series.

The Royals won the game 5-2 powered by a 3-run fourth inning in which Clint Hurdle hit a two-run home run off of Fernando Arroyo. The final Twins’ home run at the Met came off the bat of Pete Mackanin in the second inning, the blast that ended up also representing the last of the Twins’ runs in Metropolitan Stadium.

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