Minneapolis Organizes Victory Parades; Atlanta Fetes the Losers Precede MINNEAPOLIS
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Thousands of joyful baseball fans lined the streets in near-freezing weather for a confetti-strewn parade honoring the Minnesota Twins’ World Series victory. Atlanta fans saluted their narrowly losing Braves in similar fashion.
A cavalcade of pickup trucks carried the Twins through downtown St. Paul as celebrators, many wrapped in blankets, cheered and threw streamers and confetti.
The parade was to cross the Mississippi River to Minneapolis and end up at the Metrodome, where fans paid $1 each for tickets to a sold-out party. Proceeds would go to charity.
″I’ve got goose bumps all over - this is the greatest 3/8″ Twins third baseman Mike Pagliarulo said.
St. Paul police estimated 120,000 fans along the whole parade route in St. Paul, said Capt. Richard Smith.
The loudest cheers went to hometown heros Jack Morris, who grew up in St. Paul, and Kent Hrbek, who grew up in nearby Bloomington. There were also whoops for everybody’s favorite, center fielder Kirby Puckett.
″I was expecting a lot worse. It’s not raining. It’d be a lot colder if we had lost,″ said Joshua Kohnstamm, 35, of St. Paul, who brought his 3-year-old son, Simon.
In Atlanta, Braves fans by the hundreds of thousands clogged the city’s downtown for a ticker-tape parade, waving tomahawks of every description. The National League champions suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 loss in Game 7 of the World Series on Sunday night.
Atlanta Police Patrolman R.L. Stallings said he thought the crowd exceeded the predicted 200,000 to 500,000.
″It’s the biggest crowd I’ve ever seen in the history of Atlanta at a parade,″ said Mayor Maynard Jackson, who wore a Braves jacket.
One hundred miles of ticker tape - now rare in offices and brokerages - were piled in office buildings. Trans-Lux, a Connecticut company that still makes ticker tape for parades, donated the recyclable tape to the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
A contingent of twins - siblings, not American Leaguers - carried banners reading, ″Twins Salute the Braves.″
″They’re all identical twins,″ said Holly Mull, Atlanta’s special events manager. ″We thought it was appropriate.″
″This city has been just electric, so full of energy,″ Braves catcher Greg Olson said. ″The city has been so hungry for a winner that once they finally got it, they’ve gone to all ends to make things happen.″