They were, by many accounts, an eyesore.
They were jokingly dubbed The Dairy Queen Jerseys.
But, years later, they spark nostalgia for some.
This month marks the 15th anniversary of the Twins' short-lived experiment with wearing red alternate jerseys on Sundays.
Minnesota donned the uniforms just two times in 1997 -- first on April 6, again on April 27 -- and, on both occasions, the Twins endured one-sided defeats. The red jersey dalliance was brief, but it's nevertheless burned into the memories of those who experienced it.
"The first thing we thought as we put on our jerseys is, you felt like you were glowing in the dark because of the color of red they used," recalled former Twins first baseman Ron Coomer recently. Alternate jerseys seemed to pop up at nearly every major league port in the late 1990s, and Minnesota kept with the theme, presumably to aid its merchandise sales. But Twins players immediately considered the red jerseys a swing and a miss.