Last week, as the world mourned the death of Prince, his hometown Minnesota Twins paid tribute by lighting Target Field in purple – and promised a proper ceremony when the team returned home on Monday.
So when the Twins began their three-game homestand against the Cleveland Indians last night, they did so by releasing seven white doves before the first pitch, and then went #PurpleForPrince, with each player choosing one of his songs as their walkup music for the night (props to Oswaldo Arcia for going with “I Would Die 4 U”). The Twins also wore purple sweatbands in honor of Prince, and played his music throughout the game, courtesy of his friend DJ Dudley D.
Here’s a look at the pregame ceremony.
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Over the weekend, Target Field hosted a free screening of Purple Rain, and the Twins announced that Prince’s “Little Red Corvette” would be played during the seventh-inning stretch at all home games for the remainder of the season.
Perhaps most fitting of all, the Twins won Monday night’s game with a walk-off home run, courtesy of Arcia. Hey, it always helps to have someone looking out for you from up above.