Nathan, who struck out two batters in the ninth inning in Sunday's 4-1 loss, wanted something to remember the Dome by. So the All-Star closer took a handful of dirt from the same mound he saved so many games on, with the intention of bringing it over to the new Target Field next season.
|Ceremonial first pitch||Twins bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek|
|First pitch||Carl Pavano vs. Derek Jeter, for a strike|
|Player to hit speakers||Jason Kubel, 10/6|
|Ball lost in roof||Orlando Cabrera, 10/4|
|Stolen base||Denard Span|
|Triple||Matt Tolbert, 10/2|
|Home run||Jorge Posada|
|Grand slam||Delmon Young, 10/2|
|Strikeout (pitcher)||Mariano Rivera|
|Out recorded||Brendan Harris, 6-3, Jeter to Mark Teixeira|
"This stings. It definitely stings," Minnesota infielder Nick Punto said. "But in the end, you sit back and reflect. I'm proud to be a part of this team."As the season came to an end, the Twins also reflected back on the place they've called home since 1982. Sunday's loss, however, wasn't exactly how they would have liked to bid farewell to the Metrodome. "Obviously, it's tough. It's a tough way to close it," Michael Cuddyer said. "It's hard. It's frustrating, but I think when we look back and have a chance to reflect on the season, I think we're pretty proud of where we are." "I was hoping to play tomorrow and the next day. It hurts a little bit right now," Twins catcher Joe Mauer said. "The guys in this clubhouse have battled all year, overcame a lot of things. I think we'll appreciate that a little bit more here later on." Last Sunday was billed as the final regular-season game at the Metrodome, but that instead took place Tuesday against the Tigers. Now, after a year of counting down the top Dome memories and anticipating outdoor baseball at Target Field, the Twins finally said goodbye. And nearly all of the 54,735 fans in attendance on Sunday stayed until the end to say goodbye along with them. "I'd rather be in front of these fans than in front of the New York fans," Nathan said. "These guys were with us the whole way. Rightfully so that we'd be here for the end."
Tyler Mason is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.