PITTSBURGH — The Late Show with David Letterman signs off after a 33-year run, and the Twins have a place in the show’s lengthy and successful history.
Harmon Killebrew, Bob Allison, Joe Niekro, Kent Hrbek, Jack Morris and Kirby Puckett all appeared on the show as Twins. Killebrew was snubbed one year because other segments ran long, so Letterman dedicated an entire show to Killebrew in 1986. Puckett appeared to announce the top ten ways to mispronounce his name.
Twins manager Paul Molitor has been on Letterman twice. Once in 1993, when he joined Lenny Dykstra shortly after the Blue Jays team he was on beat Dykstra’s Phillies for the World Series title. The second time came in 2004, when he appeared with Dennis Eckersley to rattle off a top ten list prior to their induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Twins on Wednesday tweeted a link to the video of Molitor’s 1993 appearance. Molitor, wearing a bright red jacket and black pants, looked at ease with Letterman during his 1993 appearance, but the Twins manager on Wednesday said that was far from the case.
“I was very nervous, to be honest with you,” Molitor said. “It’s just one of those things where it seemed a little bit larger than life to have an opportunity to walk out on that set. And they keep it cold in there, it was like 50 degrees there.”
But he looked good in the jacket.
“You look back at different fashion chapters and you kind of shake your head a little bit,” he said. “And that was probably one of those moments.”
Molitor was able to chat with longtime Letterman band leader Paul Schaffer before the show.
“Art Garfunkel was a guest on that show that night,” Molitor said. “They tape at 6, 7 o’clock, whatever it is. We got out there and went out on that set and kind of checked it out. And Art was doing a tune up for Bridge Over Troubled Water.
“We kind of sat through that and got a chance to talk to Paul a little bit. He was obviously pleased with the Canadian team winning its second World Series.”
It was quite an experience, as Molitor said Letterman was genuinely gracious.
“A heck of an era for that guy, a long era,” Molitor said. “It’s fun to say I had a really small part in that.’’