A Year Without Kirby

kirby.jpgIt’s been a year since Kirby Puckett died as a result of a massive stroke. Last year, the Twins paid tribute to him by wearing a black 34 on their jerseys all season, painting a giant 34 behind home plate at the Metrodome, and giving a musical tribute to a photo montage during the 7th inning stretch.

MLB.com reports that the 34s will be removed from the Twins’ jerseys and this season won’t officially be dedicated to Kirby, despite Torii Hunter and Ron Gardenhire continuing to pay their respect in their own individual ways.

I didn’t live in Minnesota when Kirby played, and I certainly wasn’t a Twins fan at the time, but I thought the Twins did a great job in the 2006 season of keeping his baseball memory alive, even if the public took his image down a darker path.

Will “What a Wonderful World” still be played after “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 7th inning? Will we still get to see the pictures of Kirby rounding the bases or laughing with his teammates? Or now that it’s been a year, will Kirby just be another retired Hall of Famer like the rest?

2 Comments so far

  1. Chris_ (unregistered) on March 7th, 2007 @ 8:45 am

    i loved kirby. i remember all my friends looked up to him when i was little, they’d “play” kirby or hrbek when we played baseball.

    the twins rock because they got a great image while having a great team. they’re underdogs who constantly win. why would you ever cheer for the vikings????

  2. Joe (unregistered) on March 7th, 2007 @ 10:59 am

    I used to deliver Kirby pizza back in the day. Nice guy.

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