I was shocked and saddened to read today that Hall of Fame slugger and Twins legend Harmon Killebrew looks like he going to lose his battle with esophageal cancer. As far as historical icons go, “The Killer” is about as iconic as it gets for Twins fans and, man, this is really sad news. I thought that Killebrew’s statement, particularly the second half of it, spoke volumes about what a class-act he is:
“I have spent the past decade of my life promoting hospice care and educating people on its benefits. I am very comfortable taking this next step and experiencing the compassionate care that hospice provides. I am comforted by the fact that I am surrounded by my family and friends. I thank you for the outpouring of concern, prayers and encouragement that you have shown me. I look forward to spending my final days in comfort and peace with Nita by my side.”
Echoing what others have said already, I really hope the Twins find a way to honor him at Target Field sometime soon. Though I’m not old enough to have ever seen him play (he retired 8 years before I was born), I have appreciated him as an ambassador for the Twins and have heard numerous stories over the years about how nice of a guy he was. Long after he is gone he will continue to be remembered as one of the greatest Twins’ players of all-time. Here’s to you Harmon, hoping that your last days are peaceful, you will always be beloved in our hearts.