Nostalgic fans can now add another celebration to their slate, as the Twins have announced a surprise 29th anniversary celebration of Minnesota's first World Series title in 1987.
"Frankly, we're tired of limiting recognition of these guys to five and ten-year intervals," said Twins President Dave St. Peter. "You don't just skip your 29th birthday and go straight to 30. That's crazy."
There are no specifics for the celebration at the moment, but St. Peter said "a good four to six weeks worth of fireworks and bobbleheads" was not out of the question.
"Everyone has a Gary Gaetti or Kirby Puckett bobblehead," said St. Peter. "But what about Keith Atherton? Guy finished his career with a sub-4.00 ERA, even the statheads will tell you that's pretty darn good."
Team sources said this last-minute anniversary has nothing to do with the 2016 team's historically bad 0-9 start.
"We're also planning to put up, say, 6 or 8 more statues around the park," said a front office source. You guys remember Butch Wynegar, right? Well, you better, because the 1976 American League Rookie of the year runner-up is getting a statue."
When asked if he's really, really sure this has nothing to do with the team's record and concerns over future attendance, the source balked at the assertion.
"It has nothing to do with it. Also, the new Target Field Waterslide Experience should be ready to roll as soon as we can find out who builds waterslides. Do you know any guys who do that?"