You take a big sweep around a parking ramp to get to the twin statues of our immortals: First, there is Mack’s replica of Harmon Killebrew’s home run swing in the 1965 All-Star Game at Met Stadium, and then Kirby Puckett rounding the bases, punching his right arm forward, after winning Game 6 of the 1991 World Series with a home run.
Great memories, but there are others for me:
Sitting on the front steps, listening to Ray Scott describe Harmon’s showdown with the Yankees’ Pete Mikkelsen on July 11, 1965, two days before that All-Star Game clout.
Harmon hits a two-run home run with two outs in the ninth. Twins win 5-4. Shivers … thanks to the Killer, and to a killer of a play-by-play broadcaster.
There’s a thousand Puck memories, and here’s a small one:
The Twins are opening the exhibition schedule in Fort Myers. There’s a rain delay. The field is wet. Puck comes up and hits a routine four-hopper to shortstop. It’s fielded cleanly, the throw is made, and Puck beats it out.
Beats it out on his first sprint to first of the spring.
And over there by himself, on a corner well-removed from Gate 29, is Sir Rodney Carew, crouched in one of his many stances.
I was a Twins beat writer in 1977 and could give you a Carew memory from most every day between April 9 and Oct. 2.
Best. Twins. Season. Ever.
Go ahead. Drop in on ’em. It might make you feel better about the approaching season.
Herbie, Tony O., Harmon, Puck and Sir Rodney. These are our roses.
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