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The Last Days of My Beautiful Twins Zubaz


I just asked my wife if my Twins Zubaz still existed.

 

I have to ask. They’ve seen better days. Their greatest wound is an inch and a half ripped seam in the crotch, rendering them useless for anything public. I’ve thought about mending the tear, but the rest of the Zubaz are worn so thin I imagine they’d tear in ten other places like ice crackling during a spring thaw.Do I wear them expecting they’ll bring me closer to the Minnesota Twins as I slumber? Absolutely. Pajamas should always be a bridge to pleasant dreams.

 

In truth, I often dream of going to Twins games. Usually I’m just wandering Target Field, trying to meet up with some group of people I’m supposed to join at the game. Once, despite being in my early forties, I dreamed I was the first runner-up to be the Twins ball boy. They asked me to field a grounder and toss the ball to the coach. When I failed as miserably as I would while I was awake, the other dude got the job.

 

I actually made the team one evening, but it was a nightmare. Sure, I was excited to be a Minnesota Twin. But I also knew I suck at playing baseball. In my dream, I was taking up a roster spot with no skill. The dilemma - do I tell Coach I shouldn’t be there or wait until he figures it out and drink in the joy of baseball?

 

Maybe my Twins Zubaz are like a dreamcatcher in reverse, letting out the best parts of baseball dreams and sealing in the existential doom of regular living.

 

Whether or not your dreams come true, it’s fun to play pretend you’re on the team. If you’ve got your own version of my Twins Zubaz, share some details in the comments. How far do you go? Some nights, I break out the Twins socks and a TC t-shirt and when I wake up, I’m still a guy in his early forties. A guy in his forties with the smile of a goofy twelve-year-old.

 

My wife will probably kill the Zubaz when I’m not looking. They’re one hole away from being invisible and she preys on weak and wounded clothing. When that day comes, I’ll have to get a new pair immediately. The new pair won’t be as soft and worn-in. They’ll get into game shape in no time, though. It’s spring training for sleep slacks, too.

 

Pleasant dreams, Twins Territory.

 

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In the early ‘90s, one of the Twins clubbies sold Zubaz. They were made by a company owned by Hawk & Animal, The Road Warriors. As visiting teams came through The Dome & saw Twins players & clubbies wearing them, they starting buying them. I’m not even joking when I say that an awful lot of American Leaguers in the early ‘90s wore Zubaz. And it was all due to your Minnesota Twins.

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I held onto my Denard Span shirsey way past its expiration date. There was a hole in the armpit that I happily ignored... the logo and filling on the number 2 were chipping away with each cycle in the washing machine... It finally got decommissioned into dust rags last season.

 

What I’m trying to say is... I feel your pain. R.I.P. Denard Span shirsey 2008-2019.

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I have a Byron Buxton Cedar Rapids Shirsey... The Dilemma, do I wear it and enjoy it (which I do sometimes) or try to keep it pristine by taking it out, looking at it from time to time and putting it back on it's shelf for fear of wearing it out (which I do sometimes)

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I have a Mauer jersey that my wife probably paid way to much for (Christmas present I think?) that I've had for probably 5 years now and have worn twice. 

 

It's actually a really nice one, and it's really funny because the longer I have it, the less and less likely I am to wear it.  

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