Wondering what you all think about Harmon Killebrew and Kirby Puckett. Which one meant more to the Twins franchise and which one was more iconic to Baseball? I would say Kirby but I suppose that's because I am too young to have ever watched Harmon play. I think my Dad would say Harmon. He has told me a lot about watching on TV Harmon blasting homeruns when my Dad was in his teens in the 60s. My Dad told me how Killebrew would launch what should have been a single into the outfield and they sometimes were able to throw him out at first. But then he also mentions how Killebrew would hit such majestic homeruns into the stands.
But, for me, Kirby was the greatest Twin. When I wasn't trying to emulate Wade Boggs at the hot corner, I would always take the first pitch in honour of Kirby. I loved Kirby's enthusiasm for the game and I appreciated his loyalty to our team. From what I understand, he had a chance to go to his hometown team, White Sox, whom I dislike intensely, but he wanted to re-sign with the Twins! In my opinion, Kirby tried harder than 99 per cent of all players who ever played the game in history. I really appreciated him because the outcome of the game really did matter to him. I cannot stand when I see players smiling after a bitter loss and joking around while us fans are in mourning. Well, with Kirby, the game mattered to him and I appreciated that about him!