Saturday, February 18, 2017

OLD GUYS IN MINNESOTA PLAYING SOFTBALL IN WINTER????? (PART 2 OF 3)

AS THE SNOW MELTED THAT LATE SPRING. PLAYERS SCOURED THE TWIN CITIES FOR A PLACE TO PLAY IN WINTER FOR YEARS TO COME !!!




Think Big!  That was the mantra of many the players in the early days of the search.  Some suggested renting the Metrodome where the Vikes & Twins played. After estimating the cost per player,  one of leaders was quoted as saying, "if we wouldn't pay that much to watch ourselves play, why would our fan base?" Besides that, when the whinny pitchers saw pictures of the dome collapsing under the heavy snow weight where they would stand, they insisted on moving the hole in the roof to the outfield. After lots of finger pointing and name calling, it was decided to continue the search. 








The future field of dreams appeared almost by accident early one sunny Sunday morning as the 'Sota snow was melting. An unnamed player was driving to the CUB with the little Mrs. Along the way, they got stuck in traffic behind the church crowd. As fate would have it, an object resembling a mini metrodome caught his eye behind the church. But was it? In total disbelief, he grabbed his color Polaraid camera from his wife who was attempting a selfie and took shot a of the object.*



PICTURE ABOVE OF WHAT WAS THOUGHT TO BE THE GOODYEAR
BLIMP WHICH MYSTERIOUSLY DISAPPEARED IN '91 AFTER THE 
TWINS WON THE WORLD SERIES. IT WAS RUMORED THAT GOODYEAR
TRASHED THE BLIMP THINKING IT WOULD BE OBSOLETE BEFORE THE TWINS REPEATED OR
THE VIKES WON A SUPER BOWL.






Later that Sunday the team gathered at the VFW and car pooled to the sighting. Members were thrilled to find it was not a scrapped airship, but a mini Metrodome with no holes in the roof. They became real emotional noting the name on the entry was THE STARDOME (shown below) which they all  could identify with. It would become their home for years to come.

















24 hours later the group had a deal to play ball from mid November through early April at the Stardome. A celebration rocked the VFW that day. The sport was officially christened ---------                DOMEBALL











*IPHONES WERE JUST BEING  INTRODUCED TO THE MARKET AT THE TIME DOMEBALL STARTED. WITHOUT A DOUBT, NONE OF THIS OLDER CROWD WOULD HAVE BEEN THE FIRST TO OWN ONE. SELF ABSORBED WOMEN AT THAT TIME WOULD TRY TO USE THE POLAROID CAMERA FOR SELFIES.



PART 3 - A VISITORS GUIDE TO DOMEBALL 😨🙏 DUE OUT 2/20! 

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