Monday, March 06, 2006

R.I.P. Kirby...

Baseball lost a "giant" today, with the death of Hall-Of-Famer Kirby Puckett from a stroke suffered Sunday. Only 45, this barrel-like outfielder brought great joy, not only to Twins fans, but to fans of the game worldwide. Kirby was a favorite of mine, as I loved his enthusiasm for the game and the all-out fashion in which he played it. Kirby's career was sadly shortened by glaucoma, in 1995, after only 12 seasons. Kirby won two world championships with the Twins, in '87 and '91 (over the hated Braves!), as well as winning the gold glove 6 times. He was a 10-time all-star, and, sadly, is the second-youngest player elected into the hall to pass on, preceded by Lou Gehrig (37). Father of two, "Puck" will be missed by his family, the Twins, baseball and fans everywhere.
Rest easy, Puck, and thanks for some amazing will not soon be forgotten.

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