Spelling error charged to Twins

Spelling error charged to Twins

ANAHEIM -- Twins shortstop Adam Everett was standing in the dugout, preparing to head to the plate to lead off the fifth inning on Friday night when equipment manager Rod McCormick told Everett that he had to follow him into the tunnel.

Everett said he was told there was something wrong with his jersey.

"I'm looking down, like, 'Oh my gosh, do I have the wrong jersey on?' " Everett said.

Not the wrong jersey, the wrong spelling.

The front of Everett's jersey read "MINNESTOA."

The misspelling was caught by former Twins player Denny Hocking, who was watching the game at home on television in Orange County when he noticed something peculiar about Everett's jersey. After double-checking the spelling twice in the at-bat, Hocking sent a text message to one of the visiting clubhouse attendants at Angel Stadium.

So when Everett came off the field after playing shortstop in the fourth inning, McCormick had another one of his jerseys ready with Minnesota properly spelled. Everett ran into the tunnel, put on the jersey and went directly to the plate to hit. He got a bloop single that led to the Twins' third run of the game.

Everett couldn't help but smile about the snafu, but he couldn't help feeling like luck hasn't been going his way. Already this week, Everett narrowly escaped a disabled-list stint after getting hit on the hand by a Nick Punto liner into the dugout.

This time, "I'm going, 'No way,'" Everett said. "I mean, I am snake bit. This is unbelievable."

But Hocking, who was in the clubhouse working for MLB.com after the game, made sure that this snafu was short-lived.

"Just middle infielders taking care of each other," Hocking said.

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.