And how many guys get to learn what it feels like to chase number 3,000? Winfield returned home to the Metrodome on Sept. 13 for a four-game series against the A's four hits shy of the mark. He got a hit the first night, none the second and one the third. On Sept. 16, in his third at bat, he bounced a batted ball high off the plate against Kelly Downs. Then, against the Eck, Winfield singled home a run in the ninth for 3,000. The embarrassingly small crowd of 14,654 went wild, littering the field with paper cups and toilet paper. The hometown kid had done it.
After the game Twin outfielder Kirby Puckett studied a sheet detailing Winfield's accomplishments. "When Winny got his first hit, I was 12 years old," Puckett said. "Twelve! Man, what a man."