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Sad that Puckett not around to see new park

Posted on: April 12, 2010 3:48 pm
Edited on: April 12, 2010 3:54 pm

MINNEAPOLIS -- The one obvious absence as the Twins christen their new outdoor ballpark this afternoon is the late Kirby Puckett, the all-time most popular Twin before hometown hero Joe Mauer's arrival.

Boston slugger David Ortiz, the former Twin who broke into the majors in 19976, spoke eloquently about Puckett and said he thought a lot about the Hall of Famer as he was driving to Target Field on Monday.

"All I can remember when you talk about those World Series was Kirby, man," Ortiz said as the Red Sox were hitting Monday afternoon. "Everything he did, how great he was. How good he was to young players."

Though Ortiz never played with Puckett, who retired because of an eye damaged by glaucoma in 1996, Puckett was still around the Twins as Ortiz got his feet on the ground.

"He was so cool to me," Ortiz said. "It was hard to see him go. I wasn't expecting that at all. I was talking to my boy about it yesterday and today, how great he was to this organization, to the Twins.

"That's one of the main reasons I wear No. 34, because of him. I thought about him a lot today."

Ortiz, by the way, already was finding life different at the new Twins' stadium: He got lost traveling to the ballpark. Looking for the loading dock, he finally had his driver drop him at Gate 29 (Rod Carew's old number), which is one of the main stadium entrances.

Several early-bird fans got a big surprise when they saw him, and Ortiz said he signed several autographs as he was circling the stadium looking for the entrance.


Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: April 12, 2010 10:35 pm

Sad that Puckett not around to see new park

There is no way editors missed that...RIP Puckett, still my favorite Twin of all time.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: April 12, 2010 10:19 pm

Sad that Puckett not around to see new park

Why would you ask a steriods using has-been to comment about Puckett? That would like asking George Steinbrenner to comment on fiscal restraint or Bud Selig to comment on fashion!! The only connection betwen Puck and Big Poopie is that they both played for the Twins and they both did horrible things after leaving the Twins. Ortiz was worthless as a player in MN, got to Boston & discovered 'roids, enjoyed his success, is now off the shyt and hitting like he did as a Twin.

Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2010 9:50 pm

Sad that Puckett not around to see new park was just a jest.

Since: Dec 24, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2010 9:37 pm

Sad that Puckett not around to see new park

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.  We've all made typos.  And to the people who say, "He should check it over", that's not his job.  He sends it in to the editors, who edit it.  They all missed it, not just him.  So share the blame around.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: April 12, 2010 8:20 pm

Sad that Puckett not around to see new park

Yeah, I remember what baseball was like back in 19976...oops Scotty!

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