On March 14th, 1960 Kirby Puckett was born in Chicago, Illinois. To celebrate this special day, I took some time to reflect on many things Kirby-based and also to watch a few videos including his Hall of Fame induction speech and this one built around his game 6 HR in the 1991 World Series.
Puckett’s career was cut short and he was taken from us much, much too early. Never-the-less he had a significant impact on my life as youth growing up in Minnesota. I played CF in large part because of Kirby, I loved the way he played the game and I modeled my game in the outfield after him. It seems trite and cliche to say but I can’t think of a better way to say how I feel. I will never forget what he meant to me as a child and what he still means to me to this day.
I miss you Kirby, but I know you are up in heaven running down gappers and snatching would be home runs at the wall. I wish you were still around so you could see how the franchise has evolved. I wish you could have been on hand for the opening of Target Field in body and not just in spirit. But I will always be thankful for the time and memories you gave Twins fans while you walked among us.
From myself and the rest of the Puckett’s Pond staff, a hearty happy birthday goes out to Kirby Puckett. He’s not only the namesake of this site, he’s one of my childhood idols.