Kirby Puckett 1960 - 2006
May people remember how you contributed to the community as a ball player and a humanitarian. You are the Minnesota Twins, you made this kid dial the ticketlines for three hours straight trying to snag a deep seat for Game Seven after Ron Gant could do nothing but gawk at your Spiderman catch off the plexiglass. Then sent all the Homer Hanky waving Metrodome fans into a frenzy unseen in Minnesota since that night by delivering the crushing home run in the bottom of the 11th.
I think anyone of school age in Minnesota called in sick to spend the day after Game Seven on Hennepin Avenue or glued to a TV set watching our triumphant heroes bring another one home to the land of 10,000 lakes. Not hearing Bob Casey announce “… and in Center Field Kirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrby Puckett” at a Twins game made the game a little less fun to attend, thus I’ve only been to a handful since your premature retirement. Thank you for letting us view your talents and share your enthusiasm for the game of baseball on the biggest of stages.
May you rest in peace Kirby.