Every Spring Training for the MN Twins, at some point I am reminded of the death of Kirby Puckett in 2006. Although I didn’t become a serious baseball fan until the mid 1990s, the very end of Puck’s cut-short career, I just remember (as a child) the presence of Kirby being larger than life. He was (perhaps more than any other) the player who initially got me excited about Twins baseball.
It’s very sad to me that Puckett is no longer around. When I think of legendary players, I think of guys like Harmon Killebrew and Tony Oliva. For my dad, for instance, just seeing those guys is enough to rekindle a flood of old (and primarily rosy!) memories. Unfortunately, I don’t get to do that with Puck. Later this August, when the Twins have their 20th Anniversary of the 1991 World Series, there will be a big hole in CF, as has been the case since 2006.
We only have videos like the ones in this post to remember #34.