How Local Music Can Change The Twins Season

May 11, 2012

I’ve had the pleasure of attending five Twins games so far during the 2012 baseball season. Unfortunately, I still have yet to see the hometown boys win a game and I blame the music programming at Target Field.

Anyone familiar with the cautionary “Seinfeld” tale of the New York Yankees’ jerseys knows the field environment is critical to the success of a baseball team. Frankly, the current Top 40 jams being pumped through the Target Field loudspeakers aren’t inspiring, motivating or local.

Whether it’s Surly, a Pearson’s Salted Nut Roll or the limestone used to build Target Field, amazing Minnesota-made elements are heavily represented at the stadium. Why leave out great Minnesota music?

During the inaugural season, the previous music director kicked off each Twins game with a song from a Minnesota band, complete with a nod on the big screen. But last year, everything changed and programming assistant Dan Edwards, from the former 96.3 FM, became the new Target Field music director. That was the day the music died. (And the day the “Cha-Cha Slide” became an omnipresent musical force at the stadium.)

I’m not complaining about the “walk-up music” players choose to hear as they begin an at-bat. Most of the Twins aren’t native Minnesotans, so I don’t expect them to request some deep track from a Hüsker Dü record. I’m talking about the song clips that get played during various lulls in the action.

In an effort to shed some light on the great local music that should be playing at Target Field, I compiled my Minnesota Twins playlist to get Twins fans, and maybe players, a little more motivated.

Minnesota Twins Home Game Playlist

Game time – Doomtree – “Bangarang” (“Gimme The Go” also would suffice.)
Down by five runs and raking the infield – Solid Gold – “Armoured Cars”
Willingham hits a grand slam – Motion City Soundtrack – “The Future Freaks Me Out”
Embarrassing couples everywhere with the kiss cam – The Honeydogs – “I Miss You”
Gardy storms the field – Atmosphere ft. Prof, Mr. Gene Poole & Felipe Cuauhtli – “Minnesota Nice” (A girl can dream, right)
Sing-a-long during the 7th inning stretch – Prince – “1999” (could go with The Lemonheads – “Mrs. Robinson”)
Team regroup on the pitcher’s mound – Polica – “Dark Star”
Rick Anderson visits the pitcher’s mound – Peter Wolf Crier – “Hard As Nails”
Proposal on the Jumbotron – Bob Dylan – “Til I Fell In Love With You”
Rally at the bottom of the 9th – the 4onthefloor – “Lionhearted”
Game’s over, Twins win – Rogue Valley – “Onward and Over”

Inning breaks (in no particular order)

Howler – “Back of Your Neck”
Mark Mallman – “Minneapolis”
Tapes ‘N Tapes – “Freak Out”
Trampled By Turtles – “Victory”
I Self Divine – “Ice Cold”
Cloud Cult – “No One Said It Would Be Easy”
The Jayhawks – “Save It For A Rainy Day”
Lookbook – “True to Form”

If you’re on Spotify, you can listen and subscribe to my Minnesota Twins playlist here.