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SOUCHERAY: Boys of October make autumn magic

It's time for the boys of October. The World Series, that is.

If you are a baseball fan, you probably feel badly that our hometown team has eluded the playoffs for the past few years and you likely hunger for the excitement of this post-season play. I have an original Homer Hanky from the World Series of 1987, when the Twins played the St. LouisCardinals. I did not attend any of the games, however; my husband was working for the radio station that carried the Twins, so he went to every game, both here at the Metrodome and in St. Louis. It was a very exciting year.

The reason I did not attend any games that year was because our son was born about two months prior to the playoffs. While my husband was away at the games, I stayed home with two little babies and learned to cross-stitch. One of the only things I ever crafted with this art was asampler, the alphabet in an interesting pattern that hung in our home for at least 15 years as a testimony to those nights, watching the games. The babies and I cheered on the Twins from our then-home in the Royal Oaks neighborhood. It was truly a magical time.

And when the unlikely Twins won the World Series in the seventh game, the Twin Cities exploded with pride and excitement over our hometown boys. It was electric for everyone who was connected in any way with the team and we all celebrated the first World Series win since 1924 when the team was in Washington as the Senators. It was an amazing feat and it seemed to make people around the country realize the Twins had something special to offer baseball fans everywhere.

This season, you know that the American League will feature the Boston Red Sox against the Detroit Tigers and the National League will present Los Angeles Dodgers against the St. Louis Cardinals. For whom will you cheer? Will you host a World Series party at your home, even though the Twins are not contenders? If so, check out the website and type in World Series party for some great recipes and party ideas.

In the next few weeks, will you be glued to the radio, your computer or your other favorite electronic device? If so, you will likely remember what a remarkable sport baseball truly is and how it has the potential to make us feel better about ourselves and our world.

Soucheray is a Woodbury resident and a licensed family therapist

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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