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  • Video: The '85 Metrodome All-Star Game

    Well, this is just precious.

    The last time the All-Star game to be held in Minnesota was in 1985. The night of the game, just prior to the national broadcast, Channel 11 (when they were WUSA, not KARE) had a special that covered it.

    It's a half-hour long, so make yourself comfortable if you want to watch it. You won't regret it. Among other gems, it includes....


    • A lead story about how the Metrodome is a terrible ballpark.
    • Tom Ryther, out of breath and in short shorts, trying to catch flyballs in the outfield.
    • Coverage of the pregame events. I did not remember that Tom Brunansky won the home run derby.
    • Of course, I also didn't remember that Jefferson's Marching Band played in the pregame, which I should probably have known since I likely knew several people in that band.
    • Jeff Passolt and Randy Shaver are assistant sports guys, doing on-site introductions for features.
    • A review of "the last time" Minnesota hosted the All-Star game: 1985.
    • Lots of 80s-tastic hair.
    • Interviews with both Calvin Griffith and also with Carl Pohlad after owning the team for one year. It includes a great quote about how he never anticipates the team being a great financial investment.
    • The main theme in the pregame show? "A Family Gathering" that shows how important family life has been in Minnesota throughout its history. It was put together by Tommy Walker, who "also did the opening ceremonies for the Olympics."
    • Tom Brunansky and Kent Hrbek dressed up as the "Bruise Brothers."
    • All-star memories from ex-Twins like Jim Perry, Harmon Killebrew and Bob Allison.
    • And a musical salute to the Twins and their 1985 All-Stars.


    It will be interesting to see the corresponding coverage that the 2014 game garnishes now that it includes all the hype the internet can generate it. Let me hear your favorite parts of the video or your ideas of how Twins Daily can add to the absurdity of it all.
    This article was originally published in blog: Video: The '85 Metrodome All-Star Game started by John Bonnes
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. righty8383's Avatar
      righty8383 -
      And don't fast forward throught the commercials. Those are just as interesting as the show itself.
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      Agreed. Was Red Lobster really that big a local player in the 80s?
    1. Parker Hageman's Avatar
      Parker Hageman -
      "News 11 Salutes Dome Kids"..."Dome Kids" sounds like some sort of terminal disease.
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