In the wake of Prince’s death, sports stars and teams across the country offered various tributes to the pop icon, but the Twins had to wait until they returned from a road trip. Finally back in Prince’s home town of Minneapolis, the team did plenty Monday to honor his memory before and during a game against the Indians.
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.
— Dan Edwards (@ImDanEdwards) April 26, 2016
“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.
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) April 25, 2016
1st game in Minnesota since Prince's death: Twins and Indians both wearing purple wristbands. pic.twitter.com/6FeCIcBO1T
— Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) April 26, 2016
Also providing music at the ballpark was DJ Dudley D, Prince’s tour DJ. Fans attending the game were also encouraged to wear purple.
— FOX Sports North (@fsnorth) April 25, 2016
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.