Twins says 'Let's Go Crazy' with Prince-inspired home run celebration in win over Oakland


MINNEAPOLIS — They’ve had rally sausages, bingo night, on-field team photos, players tipping bullpen cart drivers, even a Wheel of Fortune.

Now, the Minnesota Twins have a Prince.

With the team honoring the local legend with fan giveaways and Prince songs blaring over the Target Field sound system throughout Thursday night’s game, the dugout couldn’t help but get in on the act.

Shortly after Carlos Correa returned to the dugout following a seventh-inning home run, he was presented with a plastic purple blowup guitar, vest and fedora by pitcher Pablo López. Given it was the torrid Correa at the plate, it was no surprise when the shortstop laid down some hot licks on the air guitar, an unplanned celebration, one that played well in a 6-2 Twins victory over the Oakland A’s.

“Once they gave me the guitar, I was like, ‘OK, let’s do it,’” Correa said. “I played a lot of Guitar Hero when I was growing up. … I saw it pregame. When I asked Pablo, I was like, ‘Was this you?’ He was like, ‘Yeah.’ I’m like, ‘This is creative. I love this.’ I was like I want to hit a home run so bad.”

López also was the brain child behind last year’s home run fishing vest and pole. He already had the plastic guitar, one of the Twins’ previous Prince Night giveaways. All he needed to complete the look were the custom matching vest and hat.

“I’m all for finding things sometimes not related to baseball that can bring us closer not only as players but also as people, as friends, as brothers,” López said. “I always like finding little things, little opportunities to make something cool happen.”

(Photo of Correa wearing the Prince hat and vest: David Berding / Getty Images)





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