Kirby Puckett played half-the country away from me, but he was easily
one of my favorite players. When the Twins were in the Series, winning
twice, I saw them as Puck’s teams. He was a fantastic, all-around
player who did everything well despite looking like a fire hydrant.
sad is how he left life. Not just because it was early but because he
seemed so unhappy. He apparently ballooned in weight to over 300 pounds
and was recently involved in very personal issues. He needed help,
though it’s possible that a lot of folks reached out to him since he
did get engaged recently.
will remember his effervescent personality, his smile while playing a
game he loved. I know he’s punching a double up the gap in heaven and
stretching it out into a triple to help his beloved team get another
improbable win. Rest in peace, Puck.