“I won’t say I’ll miss this place, but there are a lot of things I’ll remember about it.”
That comment comes from Blue Jays shortstop John Mcdonald and it pretty much sums up the overall feeling about the Metrodome. From the day the ballpark opened in 1982, visiting players didn’t like playing in the teflon-covered dome.
“After you played in it one game, you really didn’t want to play in it again,” said Toronto first base coach Dwayne Murphy, who was with the A’s in ’82. “You’d lose too many balls and too many games were decided by lost balls. The top was really white and clean.”
Other aspects that visiting teams won’t miss: the long flight of stairs — 48 steps in all — that leads from the clubhouse to the dugout. Kevin Millar recalled having to walk up the stairs behind Nomar Garciaparra during their days with Boston.
“He’d go step by step by step. That’s a long walk,” Millar said with a laugh.
There are some special memories here for a few players, though. McDonald gloved his first career grounder as a shortstop at the Metrodome, teaming with Roberto Alomar for a double play when they were both with the Indians. Rookie Travis Snider, making his first and last trip to the dome, had his first career mult-homer game here on Monday.
“Those are the ones that you really remember,” Snider said.
I’ll be writing a story today on more Metrodome memories from the Jays.
Other items from today…
Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston on Alex Rios’ early struggles: “We’re still trying to get him off his back side. He’s a little bit late getting started right now. It’s timing. It’s all about timing and he’s just starting a little late. We’re talking to him about it.”
Gaston was also asked about the fact that Jose Bautista and Kevin Millar both were in the lineup again against a left-handed pitcher. Gaston has insisted that it’s not a platoon situation with left fielder Travis Snider and first baseman Lyle Overbay, and one reporter compared it to the saying, “If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck…”
Gaston laughed and said, “It’s still early. It’s still not a platoon, even though it walks like a duck and talks like a duck. The duck will walk differently soon.”
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Alex Rios, RF
4. Vernon Wells, CF
5. Adam Lind, DH
6. Scott Rolen, 3B
7. Kevin Millar, 1B
8. Rod Barajas, C
9. Jose Bautista, LF
Starter: RHP Roy Halladay (2-0)
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
3. Justin Morneau, 1B
4. Jason Kubel, DH
5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
6. Brian Buscher, 3B
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Jose Morales, C
9. Brendan Harris, SS
Starter: LHP Francisco Liriano (0-2)