I think every Minnesotan and baseball fan died a little bit today.
I find myself sitting in front of my computer writing this;
to the right of my laptop my 1985 Kirby Puckett rookie card.† Itís been sitting next to my computer ever
since I moved to
As far as sports super-stars go, Kirby Puckett was too good to be true.† Great player, great guy, always smiling, always happy, great with kids, and did a lot of work for the community.† Turns out he wasnít perfect.† Growing up in Kirbyís neighborhood would scar almost anyone for life.† I never met the guy, but I feel like heís been a part of my life.
I remember 87 vaguely.†
I remember growing up a little kid in
For those of you from
Kirby won.† He made it
out of the south side of
I remember when he retired.† I remember listening to the speech, then heading to baseball practice.† We were all a little saddened that day, but somehow Kirby managed to keep us all smiling.
"Kirby Puckett's going to be all right.† Don't worry about me. I'll show up, and I'll have a smile on my face. The only thing I won't have is this uniform on. But you guys can have the memories of what I did when I did have it on."
Now Kirby rests in our hearts, with his family,in the Hall of Fame, and with The Lord.