Happy Birthday Kirby Puckett!!!
Today is Kirby Puckett’s Birthday.
I miss Kirby Puckett. I mean it; I really miss him. Of all of the baseball stars to join the league in the mid 1980’s, I don’t know if anyone got more enjoyment out of playing a kid’s game than Puckett. He played the game with heart and determination which made it very enjoyable to watch him take the field.
Unfortunately, we only got to watch Kirby play for 12 seasons. First, due to Glaucoma, Kirby was forced to retire after the 1995 season as he lost vision in one of his eyes. And just a few years later, Puckett passed away due to complications brought on by a stroke. Puckett was the first player that I cheered for as a kid that passed away at an age when he could have still been a star in the game. Sadly, this is life and you can never predict when these things will happen. Besides leaving behind a family and team that loved(and still loves) him, Kirby was embraced by the city of Minneapolis and is still a cherished celebrity there today.
We miss you ‘Puck’!!