Monday, March 06, 2006
I dont usually cry over sports figures. Today I cry.
One of my sports idols has passed away. Kirby Puckett. At the young age of 45.
I had the privilige of watching many of his games in person. I never ever felt cheated of my money when I was able to watch him. He played the game the way I loved to watch it played. Hard, fearless and with passion. At 5'8 and the shape of a bowling ball...he captured the hearts of everyone that watched him. Hardcore fan or Grandmother that was attending her first game.
For those who dont know his career...he was forced to retire after glaucoma in his right eye blinded him at the age of 34. He was inducted into the hall of fame in 2001.The street that runs past that wretched Metrodome is named after him.
Life after baseball was not a easy adjustment for Puck. His image became a little tarnished ...and his health was worrisome to many that saw him.
Yesterday he suffered a massive stroke. One day later he is gone. My words are hard to come by at this moment.
Thanks for sharing your love of the game with this guy that grew up with you. I hope you knew how much you were loved by all.