Oct 26, 1991: Kirby Puckett takes over
Submitted by BTGrimes on Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:00am
Kirby Carries Twins
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - Minnesota Twins center fielder Kirby Puckett was not having a good World Series. The Twins were facing elimination, down 3 games to 2 to the Atlanta Braves. It all changed on this date in 1991.
Puckett hit a triple in the first to drive in a run and later scored. In the third he robbed the Braves' Ron Gant of extra bases by jumping and seeming to hang in mid-air to snag a 400 foot drive off the Plexiglas in left-center field. The future Hall of Famer broke a tie in the fifth with a sacrifice fly to deep center. After the Braves tied it up in the 8th, Puckett singled and stole second, but didn't score.
The game went into extra innings before 51,155 frenzied fans in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Puckett led off the 11th and hit a 2-1 pitch from Charlie Leibrandt over the left field fence prompting television play-by-play man Jack Buck to say, simply, "And we'll see you tomorrow night."
The Twins won that game too, and won a thrilling 1991 World Series.
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