Twins add 'Little Red Corvette' to stretch mix

Minnesota to play Prince's hit song in 7th inning this year

Twins add 'Little Red Corvette' to stretch mix

MINNEAPOLIS -- Torii Hunter made Prince's "Little Red Corvette" the Twins' unofficial theme song last year, but after Prince's death on Thursday, the team will pay tribute to the Minnesota-born music legend by playing the song during the seventh-inning stretch in each of their remaining home games this season.

The practice began against the Indians on Monday night, when the Twins returned to Target Field after a five-game road trip. After the customary rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," "Little Red Corvette" was played, much to the excitement of the fans. The Twins previously didn't have a seventh-inning song, like how the Red Sox famously play Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline."

Prince's song was a big part of the Twins clubhouse last year, when Hunter would make rookies sing it on nearly every bus ride during the season. He also made the rookies perform it at the "Torii Awards" at the end of the season.

But it wasn't the only way the Twins honored Prince on Monday, as they also held a special pregame ceremony that saw the stadium's video boards colored purple and seven doves released from the mound. During a moment of silence, the video board read, "Rest in Purple." The scoreboard in left field remained purple the rest of the game, with Prince's logo featured prominently above both team names.

Twins honor Prince at Target

Twins players also used a Prince song for their walkup music, including Eduardo Escobar using "Little Red Corvette." Prince's hits were also used throughout the night as musical entertainment in between innings.

And after Oswaldo Arcia's walk-off homer in the ninth to lead Minnesota to a 4-3 win, the Twins played "Let's Go Crazy" to signify the homer and "Partyman" to celebrate the win.

Arcia's walk-off homer

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.