Of course spring training is about looking ahead. But I had a chance to look back recently when, while doing a major housecleaning, I found a complete VHS collection of the 1987 World Series. I’ve watched bits and pieces of it now and again, and it’s kind of cool to relive the magic and the times. There wasn’t a single SUV commercial and the ad for Radio Shack’s cellphones showed an “easy-to-carry” model about the size of a paperback. No web sites either, as Al Gore was just getting around to inventing the Internet.
I was reminded of those tapes tonight when I saw the FSN replay of a Twins-Tigers game from last September. It was the Saturday game when Boof pitched 7 innings and the Twins held on for a 2-1 victory with Pat Neshek and Joe Nathan closing out Detroit.
Even though we know the rest of the story, it’s cool to watch it again. Kind of like watching Fargo — for me, anyway. There are 7 more replays coming up through the end of March. Click here for the schedule.
And for those who don’t have the originals on 20-year-old, purple-tinged tape, the entire ’87 World Series is going to be available in about a month on a 7-disc set. I might have to get in line for that.