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Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 10:16 am

Former Minnesota Twins player Kirby Puckett has just passed away due to compications from a stroke last night.

http://wcco.com/topstories/local_story_065104727.html

My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 10:21 am

I was very sad to hear the news of Kirby's stroke and decline. 44 is just too young, he should have had more time to enjoy life! R.I.P. to a hell of a ball player.
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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 10:22 am

Damn, that's sad. He was a helluva ballplayer. Like Walter Payton, he died way too soon. But I guess Kirby had gotten quite large the last few years. But it's still very sad.

RIP.
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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 10:29 am

I used to talk to him nearly every night a few years ago. He and Twins manager Tom Kelly were nightly regulars at St. Croix Meadows Greyhound Park where I worked as a medic.

He was one of the nicest big shots I've even met.



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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 10:29 am

My condolences to his family and friends but also to the state of Minnesota where I know he is beloved. Hell of a ball player.
 
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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 10:31 am

How sad is this. I remember idolizing the guy as a kid. He was really a standup guy who worked hard and did things that no one would expect him to do. His career ended WAY too early because of the glacouma and now this. I guess it is just part of the cycle of life, but damn if it isn't one harsh cycle.
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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 10:33 am

very sad fact that he departed us long time baseball fans today... I grew up watching him play baseball. Rest in peace, Kirby Puckett. There's interesting story about his life after baseball.
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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 10:35 am

What a sin.. My memories of collecting baseball kids as a young kid and teenager are filled with Kirby's images over the years..

Condolences to his family and friends.

Great baseball player.

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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 10:38 am

Trafic. I can still see him jumping against the wall in the outfield in the World Series to snag a homer away from the Braves. R.I.P.
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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 10:40 am

I actually saw Kirby play in his last game at the Metrodome against the Indians. It was that magical year of '95 for the Indians, and my wife and I went up to MSP to watch a 3-game series. In the final game, Dennis Martinez hit Kirby with a pitch on the s ide of his head. Even Kirby said he knew El Presidente didn't mean to hit him, but as you can guess, Martinez was lustily booed.

Who would have thought that would be his last game, and 11 years later he would be gone. Such a shame.
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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 10:43 am

Wow. And meanwhile, Albert Belle and Pete Rose are still stealing air. It just aint fair.

R.I.P. Kirby.
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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 10:51 am

RIP Kirby, I remember watching you on TV as a kid.....it is unfortunate but hey, perhaps he is now playing on the proverbial "Field of Dreams" somewhere?
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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 10:55 am

A class act...!! He will be missed
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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 10:56 am

Rest in peace Kirby!

He sure was one of the greatest baseball players ever! A fantastic player, and from what I could tell, just a great guy!

Catch you on the flip side.

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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 11:07 am

All my thoughts and prayers are with his family. I still remember when i was just a kid back in 1991, i got to see my first major league game and he was my fav player playin on my fav team. The guy seriously looked larger than life and it was awesome to see him smile and joke around and he seemed like an awesome guy to know. Thanks for the memories Kerby you will be dearly missed!
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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 11:25 am

There is a pretty good story in the Minneapolis StarTribune which does a nice job of summing up his life. Including the many personnel issues he had been dealing with the last 5 years.

http://www.startribune.com/10017/story/287541.html

Also, if you get the chance, I highly recommend reading his book. Very interesting read.

Recent reports had Kirby at well over 300 pounds on a 5-8 body. Add to this high blood pressure and a family history of the men is his family dying young and it was not good news.
 
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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 11:33 am

I wanted to hate the dude, because I felt that his leadership and hustle was the key to the Twinkies beating the Bravos in the Series....but I couldn't.

The man was a great ball player and team leader.

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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 11:39 am

I remember him the most from the World Series, from what I've seen and read over the years he was one of the classiest Gentleman ever to be associated with Major League Baseball.

God Bless Kirby Puckett.
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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 11:43 am

Terrible news. Kirby was one of the classiest acts in all of baseball. His life ended like his career, way too soon. I remember watching him play, he was great IMO. Sad ending though.
RIP Kirby

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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 11:52 am

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 10):
Wow. And meanwhile, Albert Belle and Pete Rose are still stealing air. It just aint fair.

Wrong place to add that commentary if you ask me, regardless of your feelings.

Damn shame to see a pillar of strength get taken out early. RIP
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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 11:54 am

Shit. That came way too soon. I normally love to watch the Twins fans suffer, but I really feel for them now - such a huge loss to the organization, and to baseball in general.

Rest in peace, Kirby. Your flame may have burned shorter, but it burned so very brightly.

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 10):
Wow. And meanwhile, Albert Belle and Pete Rose are still stealing air. It just aint fair.

Ain't that the truth.  Sad

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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 12:23 pm

Quoting GEEDO (Reply 19):

Wrong place to add that commentary if you ask me, regardless of your feelings

Don't confuse fact with commentary.

But this is a sad day in baseball, there don't seem to be as many good guys in baseball anymore.

You know there was a time when you could reasonably expect to run into a Dodgers player on the NY subway on the way to a game.
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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 12:39 pm

Sad to see him go, but if baseball is your heart and soul like it is mine, then you'll go to bed tonight smiling and knowing that he is playing on that field of dreams
 
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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 12:57 pm

I remember seeing Kirby play numerous time in Yankee Stadium.
He was always the kind of player that was easy to root for.
He looked like someone who should be sitting next to you putting
down beers, but instead was out there palying the game the way
it should be played.
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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 1:02 pm

Its a shame Puckett kicked the bucket. Good guy but plagued with heath issues.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 5):
His career ended WAY too early because of the glacouma and now this

Yes and the glaucoma was tragic as early intervention, hint: regular eye exams, could have saved his vision.
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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 1:05 pm

Sad news. I remember seeing him play a long time ago in Chicago, when I was maybe 8. He was a great player. RIP.
 
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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 1:17 pm

That's way young to go. Wonder what his career numbers would have been had he not been cut down by glaucoma. As a kid, his 1984 Fleer Update Rookie Card was the Holy Grail at that time...
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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 1:31 pm

Very sad. Especially for us here in Chicago. I remember him and collecting his cards-I still have his cards in my collection. RIP Kirby.
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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 1:39 pm

RIP Kirby Puckett. It's a sad, sad day here in Minnesota...
 
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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 2:45 pm

Only 44 years old. WOW. I saw him play a couple of times at Old Comiskey Park in the 1980's. He was the first $3,000,000 player. I can see why he had a stroke. The man was 5'8" and 300 LB. WOW. God rest his sole!!

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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 3:56 pm

That is a major bummer.

How could he not be in the Hall of Fame?  confused 

Sure hope he gets it posthumously.
 
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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Tue Mar 07, 2006 3:59 pm

Quoting FXramper (Reply 30):
That is a major bummer.

How could he not be in the Hall of Fame?

Sure hope he gets it posthumously.

He is in the HOF. 2001 Class.

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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:34 am

Quoting L-188 (Reply 21):
Don't confuse fact with commentary

What fact(s)? And again, why this thread?
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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:45 am

Quoting GEEDO (Reply 32):

What fact(s)? And again, why this thread?

To illustrate the unfairness of it all. A guy whose been nothing but wonderful goes to an early grave, when the mean, the selfish, the cheaters live on. It's an illustration of sentiment.
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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Wed Mar 08, 2006 10:00 am

Complete bs, intentional or not, that Bonds' steriod issues come out the next day after a class act like Puckett died. Talk about class vs. an ass (Barry). I can't get any serious coverage on any of the sports radio or news thanks to Barry the loser.
 
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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Wed Mar 08, 2006 11:08 am

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 33):
Quoting GEEDO (Reply 32):

What fact(s)? And again, why this thread?

To illustrate the unfairness of it all. A guy whose been nothing but wonderful goes to an early grave, when the mean, the selfish, the cheaters live on. It's an illustration of sentiment.

I see your point along the Belle and Bond front, and whole heartedly agree. But I get kinda sensitive about Pete Rose. Its taken me a long time to admit that a hero of mine growing up did wrong, but I know he bet on baseball and that's not right. However: let us recognize, as society is these days, that gambling is an addictive illness as powerful to some as any other vice. My hero is ill. As ill as any modern day athlete that's allowed to get away with what they're getting away with. It just irks me that his place in history is tainted now because of something he did after his playing career. Your contemporary NBA thugs get their DUI's, possession charges and everything else drug through the media, but it only seems to make them more popular. (any publicity is good publicity, right?)

My apologies to the thread author and responders for taking an off topic turn. A quality man like Mr. Puckett deserves high praise for all his accomplishments on and off the field.
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RE: Kirby Puckett: 1961-2006

Wed Mar 08, 2006 11:21 am

I'm really sorry he died--it's tragic when people go too soon.

However, let's not act like the guy was a saint. He has a history of alleged abuse of his ex-wife and mistress. Violence against women is intolerable.

He was a great ballplayer, maybe not so great a person in many ways.

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