Did the Minnesota Twins Fake Crowd Noise during 1987 World Series? Al Michaels Thinks So
The 1987 Minnesota Twins will forever be remembered for the first World Series title in franchise history and for the gigantic home field advantage they had. Was the noise genuine?
How much of a home field advantage was there? The Metrodome was notorious for being a loud building. From personal experience, I've stood on the 50 yard line in an empty Metrodome and could hear the cleaning crew's conversation from the upper level during a tour. The place resonated sound from any point to straight onto the field.
Al Michaels, currently of NBC Sports and formerly with ABC Sports, doesn't believe the sound in the stadium was genuine during the 1987 World Series. TwinCities.com reports that Michaels spoke with Mike Florio of Profootballtalk.com on NBC Sports Radio about fake noise in stadiums (in regards to the Atlanta Falcons investigation) and he brought up the Twins.
"Minnesota's in the World Series against St. Louis, and it was ridiculously loud...I'll never forget Scott Ostler was writing for the L.A. Times, and he described the (Metrodome) crowd as 54,223 Scandinavian James Browns. I'm going, wait a minute. This is a baseball game. Nobody is screaming like this when the fifth inning starts. ... To me, there was no question"
Throughout the years of the Metrodome, the facility was accused of piping in crowd noise. The Vikings went through this battle for many years without being found guilty of it. The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission has forever denied ever pumping in crowd noise.
What do you think? Nothing can change in terms of the World Series, but from your experiences in the Metrodome, did the Twins pump in crowd noise during the series?