The Twins held a pre-game moment of silence in honor of the prolific musician, who died Thursday at age 57. Then, at the pitcher’s mound, the team released several doves.
“When Doves Cry,” one of the many hits off of Prince’s multi-platinum 1984 album, “Purple Rain,” played over the Target Field PA system as the walk-up music for Twins center fielder Danny Santana. In fact, all of the Minnesota players used a Prince song as they took their turns at the plate.
Also providing music at the ballpark was DJ Dudley D, Prince’s tour DJ. Fans attending the game were also encouraged to wear purple.
Prince’s passing was felt acutely all around the world, but nowhere more than in Minnesota, where he was born and raised — and died. The Twins followed other local squads such as the Wild and the NASL’s United FC in honoring the pop superstar, and the team made sure that fans got to celebrate more than the sport of baseball.