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John Bonnes
01-29-2013, 09:23 AM
To countdown the days til pitchers and catchers report, we're going to list the Twins with those numbers (thanks to this awesome list (http://milkeespress.com/twinsnumbers.html)) and let you can reminisce about one of theM. So who is the poster boy for day #14....

Pedro Ramos, 1961
Sam Mele, 1961-67 (Manager)
Danny Monzon, 1972-73
Glenn Borgmann, 1974-79
Pete Mackanin, 1980-81
Kent Hrbek, 1982-94

Sam Mele was a hell of a manager and turned the Twins into contenders, but I need to go with my hometown boy Kent Hrbek. He gets credit because he is the only time I correlate "Hometown" and "Bloomington". I didn't move to Bloomington until 6th grade, and that was from Minneapolis, which is where I live now and from which I plan to never leave. Usually that's my hometown. Except when I can claim Herbie.

mcrow
01-29-2013, 09:33 AM
Has to Kent Hrbek. Most of here are probably not old enough to remember much of the other guys.

However, it's hard to argue against a guy that was part of two WS and the epic T-Rex tag. :D

Seth Stohs
01-29-2013, 09:52 AM
Is it Hrbek's terrific rookie season? Was it the Game 6 grand slam? Was it pulling Ron Gant off of first base? Was it creating a divot at the old-timer's game at Target Field?

ChiTownTwinsFan
01-29-2013, 10:02 AM
How could it not be pulling Ron Gant off 1st? It's just so Hrbek. I still laugh about that ... in front of my Braves fan friends ... they don't laugh about it; I just laugh more. Heh, and any time he stole a base, which wasn't often, but always memorable.

mcrow
01-29-2013, 10:03 AM
Is it Hrbek's terrific rookie season? Was it the Game 6 grand slam? Was it pulling Ron Gant off of first base? Was it creating a divot at the old-timer's game at Target Field?
I would say all of the above.

He's definitely a Twins great eventhough not a HoF type of player. There are just guys from that era of the Twins that will always give me the "good old days" feeling. Gaetti, Gagne, and Bruno are all players like that to a lesser degree as well.

biggentleben
01-29-2013, 10:08 AM
Best Hrbek moment was when we didn't have to see him play anymore.

ChiTownTwinsFan
01-29-2013, 10:09 AM
Settle down. It's just a game. And it's not being a jerk enjoying the things that go your way. Sheesh. Find a Braves forum if this makes you upset.

twinsnorth49
01-29-2013, 10:23 AM
Hrbek,is there really another choice? The Gant play was an all time classic for it's significance and in the way Hrbek just ran off the field as if it was just another routine play at first.

mcrow
01-29-2013, 10:24 AM
Best Hrbek moment was when we didn't have to see him play anymore.

Sore loser....:cry:

John Bonnes
01-29-2013, 10:28 AM
I prefer the idiosyncrasies. Like "No Smoking In The Metrodome" hand signal or the "fingers walking" signal he's share with Gaetti when people left early.

twinsnorth49
01-29-2013, 10:29 AM
Yep, because that's funny right there. You remember the time Joe Mauer hit a crucial double that was called foul? That was some funny crap right there, wasn't it?

Taking delight in being an ass is just reaching a whole new level of jerk-dom.

And being an oversensitive Braves fan on a Twins forum is a whole new level of dumb-ass.

rickyriolo
01-29-2013, 10:50 AM
caught my first foul ball off the bat of Danny Monzon in 1972 at the Old Met Stadium when i was a sophmore in high school

Top Gun
01-29-2013, 11:22 AM
The day I became a Twins fan Pedro Ramos shut out Whitey Ford and Yankees in the first game ever.

Oldgoat_MN
01-29-2013, 11:40 AM
Favorite Hrbek memory - in the late 80s or early 90s the Twins were playing a game that was out of reach (they were behind, I believe). Hrbek was on first. Tom Kelly gave Hrbek the sign to steal. The pitch was fouled off for strike two. Kelley had him continue to try to steal every pitch as the batter fouled off the next several pitches. Hrbek was huffing back to first after every foul. Kelly & the whole Twins dugout were laughing so hard most could not sit on the bench. Announcers were laughing, too.
That is the kind of thing that makes baseball great.

USAFChief
01-29-2013, 11:41 AM
Hrbek's WS grand slam still gives me goosebumps. One of my all time favorite Twins moments.

and I still don't think he pulled Gant off first. Gant's momentum took him past the bag.

LimestoneBaggy
01-29-2013, 11:45 AM
Hrbeck and the divot get my vote. Everything else he accomplished/did/didn't do were great, but I've never laughed at a baseball game like that in my life.

I should have added, that my three-year-old son and I were watching it together, and he still refers to it as "the fat man hole."

ashburyjohn
01-29-2013, 12:14 PM
My favorite Hrbek memory is watching him taking grounders at shortstop during BP and having a great time doing it.

ashburyjohn
01-29-2013, 12:18 PM
He's definitely a Twins great eventhough not a HoF type of player.

I agree. But in his prime, he was the guy in the lineup, not Puckett or anyone else, that the opposing team would plan around and decide "in a tight situation we'll walk him but we won't let him beat us".

Oldgoat_MN
01-29-2013, 12:53 PM
I agree. But in his prime, he was the guy in the lineup, not Puckett or anyone else, that the opposing team would plan around and decide "in a tight situation we'll walk him but we won't let him beat us".

I agree. So many people don't get this. Was Puckett the better player? Yes. But it was Hrbek who was the one you really had to look out for. Too many of his hits left the park.

mcrow
01-29-2013, 01:32 PM
I agree. But in his prime, he was the guy in the lineup, not Puckett or anyone else, that the opposing team would plan around and decide "in a tight situation we'll walk him but we won't let him beat us".

No doubt about that, but on career as a whole Puckett was better. Hrbek is underrated outside of MN, IMO but still not HoF level.

RIP BYTO
01-29-2013, 03:37 PM
Hrbek/Gant nothing more needed

Longdistancetwins
01-29-2013, 03:47 PM
All of the above, but also Herbie’s first home run in Yankee Stadium. I’ve always rooted long distance, growing up in New Jersey and living in New York City: Was I there? No. Was I watching on TV? No, I turned it off to go to sleep in the 11th inning, the first time I’d ever turned off a Twins game. But I was so excited to read about this rookie from Bloomington, Minnesota hitting a home run in Yankee Stadium, that my somewhat waning interest in baseball was thoroughly renewed. And I was able to follow with passion as the Terrible Twins of ’82 blossomed into the champions of 1987.

Riverbrian
01-29-2013, 04:00 PM
So many great Hrbek moments but I still gotta go back to... I think it was sometime in August in 1981... Straight from A-Ball I believe... Kent Hrbek in his first game beat the Yankees with a home run in extra innings.

Minnesota kid from straight from A Ball? Are you kidding me... Instant Hero for me as a 16 year old.

The World Series Grand Slam and his arms up in the air as he rounded matched exactly what my arms were doing when it happened. That was special... My heart was in my throat watching every game of that series. It was huge and I will never take that moment for granted.

I also still remember a fairly meaningless home run he hit at the dome in 1987. I had a great first row seat behind the plate. Didn't want the game to end because those seats were so exceptional. Hrbek hit a home run that game that got out so quick... Never seen anything like it.

It left his bat and in what seemed like less then a second... the ball bounced off the folded blue seats behind the RF Baggie and back on the field. I swear the ball had already bounced back and landed in RF before the right fielder could even turn around.

Still the hardest hit ball I have ever seen and I can still remember it like it was yesterday and it was just a meaningless home run out of many for him.

Longdistancetwins
01-29-2013, 04:38 PM
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How’s this for a meaningless homerun: Since he didn’t live too far from there, my brother invited me to see Rod Carew inducted into the HOF in 1991. The Twins were also in the Hall of Fame game that was also played that weekend. We were sitting in right center in that little Doubleday Field, so when Herbie first came up, my brother echoed my thought and said, “Get ready to catch one.” On the next pitch, Herbie hit it right toward us, but it went over our heads into someone’s backyard or something (now it is a parking lot). Yet another way that 1991 was a great year. Went back to Cooperstown for Kirby (2001) and Bert (2011). Once a decade thing, I guess.

Riverbrian
01-29-2013, 04:43 PM
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How’s this for a meaningless homerun: Since he didn’t live too far from there, my brother invited me to see Rod Carew inducted into the HOF in 1991. The Twins were also in the Hall of Fame game that was also played that weekend. We were sitting in right center in that little Doubleday Field, so when Herbie first came up, my brother echoed my thought and said, “Get ready to catch one.” On the next pitch, Herbie hit it right toward us, but it went over our heads into someone’s backyard or something (now it is a parking lot). Yet another way that 1991 was a great year. Went back to Cooperstown for Kirby (2001) and Bert (2011). Once a decade thing, I guess.

Always gonna be memorable when you almost make a call prior to it happening.

ashburyjohn
01-29-2013, 05:09 PM
No doubt about that, but on career as a whole Puckett was better. Hrbek is underrated outside of MN, IMO but still not HoF level.

I should have picked a better word than "but" to preface my observation. No, I wasn't building a HOF case for Hrbek; he needed to play someplace other than 1B for his hitting skills to rise to quite that level.

luke829
01-29-2013, 05:31 PM
I'm nominating his Taco John's commercial from a few years back. Herbie Like!

ScottyB
01-30-2013, 07:45 PM
First all of Herbie's 1981 efforts are not in play - he was wearing #26 at the time. But you also have to give a nod to Pete MacKanin - last twins homer hit at the old Met.

Longdistancetwins
02-04-2013, 01:04 PM
You're right. My bad.

LaBombo
02-04-2013, 03:24 PM
Hrbek's WS grand slam still gives me goosebumps. One of my all time favorite Twins moments.

and I still don't think he pulled Gant off first. Gant's momentum took him past the bag.


Yup. Gant was out because he didn't slide. Coble explains it at the end of this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VKXIdYHkj4)for the physics-challenged people who don't understand that Gant was falling on his own after running into Hrbek and that Hrbek has every right to apply the tag as Gant gets himself out with a dumb play.

My favorite memory of Hrbek is the fact that he played the rest of the World Series despite the fact that he received multiple death threats after that game, including one helpfully phoned in to his mom's house. Stay classy, Atlanta!

PopRiveter
02-04-2013, 06:42 PM
My favorite Hrbek memory is my dad complaining about Don Mattingly's gold gloves every time Hrbek caught an impossibly bad throw from a fellow infielder. Hrbek could scoop it and stretch like mad! Dad was right.

panolo
02-05-2013, 11:09 AM
Man! So many good Herbie memories. His GS in the Series, the Gant play, his awesome defense, bp shows, how happy he seemed to be playing the game he loved, etc.

I met Herbie in my hometown when he used to go fishing with my best friends uncle. Just a snot nosed kid bothering him with baseball and fishing questions. The next year I was at the dome with my dad and on the wall by the Twins dugout and Herbie recognized me and said "hello" and asked if "I was catching any fish?". I was the envy of every other kid there. Always stuck with me that such a big time athlete could be so nice. That is my favorite Herbie memory.

biggentleben
02-06-2013, 07:21 PM
Settle down. It's just a game. And it's not being a jerk enjoying the things that go your way. Sheesh. Find a Braves forum if this makes you upset.

Eh, my hatred of Hrbek has as much to do with 1991 as my love of the Atlanta Braves does. He'd been a jerk before 1991 to my family and I, and he has been a jerk multiple times since. I've also been on Twins forums with most of the folks here since before 2000, so I'll be glad to stay, thanks.

biggentleben
02-06-2013, 07:22 PM
And being an oversensitive Braves fan on a Twins forum is a whole new level of dumb-ass.

Yeah, no. Not oversensitive. I hate Hrbek. There's probably 3 people in the whole world who I hate at a personal level. He's one.

biggentleben
02-06-2013, 07:27 PM
Yup. Gant was out because he didn't slide. Coble explains it at the end of this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VKXIdYHkj4)for the physics-challenged people who don't understand that Gant was falling on his own after running into Hrbek and that Hrbek has every right to apply the tag as Gant gets himself out with a dumb play.

Yes, he should have slid, but there are plenty of physics-intelligent people who have shown his momentum stopped, and then Hrbek pulling back. We can have this argument for ages. I just know what Twins players from the time say about the play...

ChiTownTwinsFan
02-06-2013, 08:01 PM
Eh, my hatred of Hrbek has as much to do with 1991 as my love of the Atlanta Braves does. He'd been a jerk before 1991 to my family and I, and he has been a jerk multiple times since. I've also been on Twins forums with most of the folks here since before 2000, so I'll be glad to stay, thanks.

Hrbek is a fan favorite to many Twins fans. Jerk or not, he was a big part of an era that saw two World Series for us. Maybe, in such a crowd, instead of responding with hate, it would be better to just not interject on this particular subject. Just a suggestion.

biggentleben
02-06-2013, 08:19 PM
Hrbek is a fan favorite to many Twins fans. Jerk or not, he was a big part of an era that saw two World Series for us. Maybe, in such a crowd, instead of responding with hate, it would be better to just not interject on this particular subject. Just a suggestion.

And he mistreated a number of Twins fans among my family. I'm the only non-Twins fan among my family, so his indiscretion with my family wasn't to a group of Braves fans. He's just a guy who gets put way too high on a pedestal for my personal experience with the man. Conversely, my personal experience with Kirby was very, very good, and he's been vilified since his death after being an even bigger fan favorite during his career.

solomon69
02-06-2013, 08:41 PM
I heard that Hrbek liked to dip his ice cream into beer.

2 World Series Championships, can't beat that!