Date: 9/30/2008
Game: Play-In Game vs. Minnesota Twins
The heated Twins-Sox rivalry reached a pinnacle in 2009 when the grueling 162-game regular season was extended for a one-night, winner take all play-in game. The drama on the field paled in comparison to the setting around it. U.S. Cellular Field, and its crowd dressed in all black everything, with drapes over the field like a dark shadow.

In a scoreless game, Jim Thome stepped to the plate and put a 2-2 pitch into the shrubs behind center field. His solo home run traveled an estimated 461-feet and proved to be the difference in a 1-0 game. Thome pumped his fist as he rounded the bases. The Sox joined the Cubs in the postseason for the first time since 1906.