Cuddy the magician. Cuddy the community volunteer. Cuddy the team leader. Cuddy the all-round good guy.
Here's a Denver Post profile about former Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer, which speaks to why some people are seriously missing him -- and some reasons why the Rockies are paying him $31.5 million over the next three years.
Be careful, though, the story is a sabremetrician's nightmare. The story has 23 paragraphs. Six are about baseball.
Money quote from Cuddyer: "I do take pride in trying to do things the right way. I think people in the Midwest, in general, take pride in doing things the right way. Maybe that's one of the reasons why the fans liked me. My wife (Claudia) and I tried to entrench ourselves in the community. We were seen, we went out to dinner, we didn't live in a bubble. We went out and interacted. I want to do the same thing in Denver."