Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.
What a beautiful night to salute one of baseball's greatest power hitters and all-time gentlemen.
Harmon Killebrew died nine days ago of esophageal cancer at age 74. The entire Twins team attended his funeral last Friday in Peoria, Ariz., and he was laid to rest Monday in a private service in Payette, Idaho.
Tonight, the Twins are giving Killebrew their own send-off at Target Field with free admission for fans.
The field looks immaculate. The sky is crystal clear. There's a water tower atop a building overlooking center field that has been painted off-white, with navy blue pinstripes and a big No. 3.
Hank Aaron is expected to be here. Scheduled speakers include Rod Carew, Michael Cuddyer, Jim Kaat, Paul Molitor, Justin Morneau, Bud Selig and Killebrew's wife, Nita.
Fox Sports Net will be televising. Here's a Twitter feed of all the tweets featuring the word Killebrew.
Touch 'em all, John Gordon. One last time.
Gordon, 70, who has been the radio voice of the Twins since 1987, said this will be his final season as a radio broadcaster, as the Naples Daily News first reported. Gordon made the announcement Tuesday morning while speaking to a men's fellowship group at Community Congregational Church in North Naples.
“It’s time,” Gordon told the Naples Daily News. “I’ve had a wonderful career, but it’s time for me to move on to another phase of my life.”
Gordon already had planned to cut back his broadcasting schedule for this season. He'll do 90 games, with Ted Robinson and Bob Kurtz coming back to do 25 games apiece and Kris Atteberry doing about 45 games in a play-by-play and analyst role. Dan Gladden and Jack Morris will both return in their previous roles.
At the time those broadcast changes were announced in December, Gordon said he had no health concerns. This will be his 25th season broadcasting games for the Twins and he's hoping to see the same thing going out as he did coming in: a World Series title.
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