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Monday, March 06, 2006

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Minnesota lost a hero today.






I'll always remember watching Kirby play in the '87 & '91 World Series, I flicked my friend in the eye with my Homer Hanky as I cheered on the '87 win and I'll always remember as Kirby rounded the bases after hitting the home run which sent the '91 Series into a 7th game. I still have all the newspaper clippings from those 2 great years of the Twins and a little wooden bat signed by Kirby. I'll never forget Bob Casey announcing as he stepped to the plate "Kirbeeeeee Puckett." He will be missed.

"You never know. What you have today can be gone tomorrow. There are no guarantees in life." - Kirby Puckett

Rest in Peace

8 Comments:

Blogger Courtney said...

Kirbeeee Puckett...I remember the girls on my youth softball team fighting over the t-shirt with the number 34 on the back. I was in 7th grade when the Twins won the '87 World Series, and I somehow convinced my mom to come get me and my best friend from school to take us to the parade. We parked where we always parked downtown, outside the building where I had my violin lessons, and witnessed the very beginning of the parade at 12th and LaSalle with very few other people around. It was awesome. I am by no means a sports fan, but I loved Kirby Puckett and he will be missed.

12:05 AM, March 07, 2006  
Blogger Deb said...

Sniff....

6:48 AM, March 07, 2006  
Blogger Stricken madchen said...

I still have my hankies too. His death was such a surprise, I still can't believe it.

7:08 AM, March 07, 2006  
Anonymous Mom said...

I always liked Kirby..he was not your typical baseball player but what a wonderful role model to young boys. As he said, "You can be anything you want to be.." and he was.

9:07 AM, March 07, 2006  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

Just last night we caught the news about this. We was sad and shocked too.

10:53 AM, March 07, 2006  
Blogger NorCalMrs said...

Wow, I am shocked. I certainly wasnt expecting that one. He will be missed....as Courtney said...I have fond memories of him from growing up because I played softball and he was like a God!

12:30 PM, March 07, 2006  
Blogger Orbitron19 said...

That quote is just chilling to read.
I just read that he donated his organs as well. A true teammate till the end.
BTW, who knew Homer Hankies were so dangerous?

6:35 AM, March 08, 2006  
Blogger Red Rover said...

I am older than all of you I am sure. I remember going to Koop's Grocery Store in Brooklyn Park, MN while the 87 world series was going on and Kirby was in the grocery store. What a thrill. He always carried baseball cards with him and whenever a fan (especially children came up to him) he would pull out one of those cards and autograph it. I saw him about a year ago in Lunds in Plymouth, a lot heavier and a lot older but still the same Kirby smile on his face saying Hi to everyone. He will soooooo!!!!! be missed here in Minnesota. God bless his family and fiance!

10:33 AM, March 09, 2006  

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