MacPhail: Series is good for baseball

October 28, 1991|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Evening Sun Staff

MINNEAPOLIS -- Despite a family tradition that spans three generations, Andy MacPhail does not consider himself a baseball history buff. Thus, he had no sense of feeling after last night's 1-0 victory that the Minnesota Twins had won a World Series that will be acclaimed as one of the most exciting ever played.

"I wasn't thinking about that," said MacPhail, the Twins' general manager and son of Lee MacPhail, former American League president and Orioles' general manager. "But I was thinking that this was a World Series that was good for baseball.

"When we were losing those first two games [3 and 4] in Atlanta, I had to recognize they were great for baseball -- with the home team winning in its last at-bat.

"I think baseball needed a World Series like this one. We haven't had many good ones in the last decade or so. If we needed something to re-ignite the excitement in baseball, then I think this did it."

* A DRAINING EXPERIENCE -- Minnesota manager Tom Kelly admitted he was "glad it's finally over."

Kent Hrbek said "I'm glad we don't have to play an eighth game."

Kirby Puckett said, "I can't smile -- I'm too tired, my emotions are drained."

Al Newman said he was "drained mentally, physically and emotionally."

But it was Atlanta catcher Greg Olson who perhaps best summed up the 1991 World Series: "If you're not a baseball fan after that, then I don't know if you ever will be."

* GENERALLY SPEAKING -- Tom Kelly was generally entertaining in his post-game remarks throughout the World Series -- sometimes even when he didn't want to be. After randomly summarizing Game 7 and the World Series, Kelly was asked to give his "general" comments on the game.

"General comments? GENERAL comments? We just finished Game 7 of the World Series. It was a great game. It was a great Series. The pitchers were fantastic. Use whatever words you want.

"There were double-plays -- first-to-home-to-first -- bingo, bango, bongo. I don't know what you have to do to get a run."

Kelly got the "general" message across.

* GALLOPING GLADDEN -- The night before he grounded into a double-play on a 3-and-0 pitch, but last night Dan Gladden ignited the Twins' winning rally with a broken-bat, fly-ball double. "The minute I hit it I knew if it bounced, it would bounce high," said the leftfielder. "I got out of the box good and was trying to be aggressive."

* ODDS 'N ENDS -- Kelly is only the third manager in baseball history to manage in two or more World Series without a defeat (Bill Carrigan, Red Sox 1915-16, and Danny Murtaugh, Pirates 1960 and 1971 are the other two.

The American and National Leagues have alternated winning the World Series every year since 1985. Home teams have won 24 of the last 30 World Series games, dating back to Game 5 of the 1986 match between the Red Sox and Mets. The Twins have won eight in a row at home during that span (four in 1987 and this year).

In stretching their season to the maximum, the Braves played 14 post-season games -- and nine of the last 13 were decided by one run.

Minnesota second baseman Chuck Knoblauch finished with 15 post-season hits, a rookie record.

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