Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Kirby Puckett, after stroke, dies at 45

SI.com - Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett, after stroke, dies at 45

Kirby was missed once when glaucoma took him out of the game and now he will be missed again. He was a hall-of-famer if ever there was one. And I really relish the fact that his whole career was spent in Minnesota. Most professional athletes attain at least some degree of fame and respect, but Kirby's was extremely elevated. Known not only for his extreme athleticism and mastery on the diamond but, also, for his charismatic personality, his unending smile, encouraging nature, and his ability to make everyone around him feel great. I always knew this but, didn't appreciate the broad scope of peoples love for him until today. The radio has gone non stop with everyone's out-pouring of love for this giant. The endless tales of praise from people he has come in contact with are phenomenal. I'm not talking about Minnesotans only. I'm talking about the whole nation. And calls from admiring people are not abating. Wow.

I'll not write more on this because many, many writers will be expressing their thoughts much more elegantly than I. Everyone has something to say about Kirby.

Kirby we'll miss you and keep catching 'em up there.

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