Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Twin Assets: Viola Charms, Home Hex Ex-Cards Fan Gaetti Dreads a Homecoming

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Twin Assets: Viola Charms, Home Hex Ex-Cards Fan Gaetti Dreads a Homecoming

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Gary Gaetti was an avid Cardinals baseball fan while growing up in Centralia, Ill. But Gaetti, the Minnesota Twins' third baseman, isn't hoping to come close to home if the Twins win the American League Championship Series and the Cardinals win the National League pennant.

"I'm rooting for us and only us," Gaetti said Sunday at Royals Stadium after Kansas City swept a three-game series from the Western Division champions. "To play in St. Louis in the World Series would just be more of ahassle for me.

"I know there would be a lot of people there wanting to see me. I would like to see all of them, but I couldn't. It would be a lot of trouble."

Gaetti, 29, and the Twins were having trouble at season's end. Minnesota lost its last five games, and Gaetti went 0 for four in the last game of the year.

"The skeptics have been going wild all year, saying we're not going to win," Gaetti said. "Well, these games meant nothing. Absolutely nothing. We have been playing differently, and so have other teams playing us."

One thing that hasn't changed is Gaetti's admiration of former Cardinals and their ballpark.

"I would love to play in Busch Stadium," Gaetti said. "I had a tryout camp there one time. It was really nice when I played there. It'sone of my favorite ballparks - one of the nicest I have ever been in. But I have never been there as a big-league player."

Gaetti and the Twins will have to perform well in the Metrodome and Tiger Stadium to get to the World Series. With the best home record in baseball (56-25), Gaetti and the Twins obviously love playing at home. But he also likes Tiger Stadium.

"I just seem to be much more comfortable in the field there," Gaetti said. "I would rather be playing on artificial turf. But overall, it's agood place to play."

Gaetti followed the Cardinals closely during their success in the 1960s. …

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