The Twins just dropped a three-game home series to the White Sox. That should probably be the real story, sad as it is, from the homestand so far. But with wildlife invading the Target Field grounds yet again, it is SO much more fun to talk about that instead :)
Twice in the span of two games, a bushy-tailed little creature popped in to say hello to the home dugout and crowd by way of Max Kepler’s spread legs taking his lead off first base...
Both times it appeared, the squirrel precipitated a rally from the Twins’ bats.
Of course, this isn’t the only time that the animal kingdom has intruded upon downtown Minneapolis baseball. In Target Field’s inaugural season—2010—a kestrel (basically a small falcon) could occasionally be seen perched atop the right field foul pole, dive-bombing moths as it saw fit.
With the Twins plugging in their bats to let them recharge with a home off day before welcoming the Detroit Tigers on Friday, now seems like the time to give these animal adventures the right amount (i.e. any) of thought.
Two very different types of wild rally mascots: one predator, one essentially prey. Both have mysteriously arrived in seasons where the Twins are somewhat of a powerhouse.
Who ya got?
Most iconic rally mascot in Twins history
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Kirby the Kestrel
Rally Monkey (I’ll be mad if this gets a single vote)
(Seriously...if even one person votes Rally Monkey...)