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Killebrew: A 'classy guy' right to the end

Posted on: May 13, 2011 7:42 pm
NEW YORK -- Harmon Killebrew kept the statement simple.

He kept it as positive as he could, given the circumstances. How positive can you be when you tell the world that the battle with cancer is nearing an end, and that cancer is winning the fight?

But the statement Killebrew released Friday emphasized the "benefits" of hospice care, and of how Killebrew was "very comfortable taking this next step."

We shouldn't be surprised. This is how Harmon Killebrew lived his life, how he played, and now how that life is coming to an end.

"Classy guy," longtime teammate Jim Kaat said Friday at Yankee Stadium.

Kaat and Killebrew were together from the time Kaat joined the Washington Senators in 1958, through the team's move to Minnesota, and all the way until Kaat went to the White Sox midway through the 1973 season.

They remained close enough that Kaat will emcee a dinner for Killebrew's foundation, to be held on June 29, Killebrew's 75th birthday.

"He was hoping to come," Kaat said. "I talked to him just the other day, and he said, 'It's going to be tough to get to Minnesota.' I could tell he had slowed down."

The Killebrew that Kaat remembers is one who was always a total professional, a man who was one of the top home run hitters ever but preferred not to draw too much attention to himself.

"He kind of set the tone for the Twins, of being a little vanilla, gentlemanly," Kaat said. "If somebody threw a helmet, you could almost feel Harmon glaring at them."

There are no doubt those who would like to throw a helmet now, upset with the news that Killebrew is in the final days of life.

Don't do it. Don't throw it. Harmon may still be glaring at you.

Category: MLB

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2011 2:34 pm

Killebrew: A 'classy guy' right to the end

Well said, popeye..........I'm old enough to remember Mr. Killebrew during his playing days, and what a treat, looking back, to be able to say, "I saw that huge dude smack a ball out of Memorial Stadium (in Baltimore) that ended up in the parking lot beyond the center field hedges!"

I'm glad I got the chance to see someone like Harmon Killebrew (still one of my favorite names in sports) play ball.  He's a footnote in my life, as well.

Nice post...............

Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: May 14, 2011 1:26 pm

Killebrew: A 'classy guy' right to the end

Drphil just wants some attention.  Anyone that would interrupt a topic concerning Harmon and saying such negative things about him, has problems. 

He probably has internal problems of his own.  Unacceptable to speak of Harmon like that, considering the kind of person, Harmon was.

There is such a thing as KARMA and one of these days Drphil will meet his. 

Harmon Killibrew thanks for all the wonderful memories of you in your playing days.  You have enriched my life.  Thanks.  

Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: May 14, 2011 1:18 pm

Killebrew: A 'classy guy' right to the end

People should stop responding to  Dr.Phil's nonsense.  I mean really do we need to honour the uneducated comments of a 34 year old man who lives at home with his mother and has the government pay his way (which really means you and I pay his way).  Or maybe he is looking after his mother who is dying of cancer and they cannot afford hospice, but he does not sound like he has that sort humanity in him.

Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: May 14, 2011 1:05 pm

Killebrew: A 'classy guy' right to the end

That these old geezers think they did something special for the game of baseball.

Those old "geezers" as you call them. If they weren't around. More than likely neither would your precious and beloved Derek Jeter. It's the players like Harmon Killebrew that kept interest around in baseball and played the game for the love of the game. As for your wussy comments earlier about players of that era. They actually worked 2nd jobs when they weren't playing baseball. Phil, you have stated hundreds of times that you are a 34 year old man who lives at home with his mother and doesn't believe he has to work because in your words, "The government pays my way." I am 23 years old, but I have respect for my elders and the path that those men and women paved to make this country great. They worked tough physically demanding jobs to build up the heart and soul of this country. It's you and your ilk that sit on your lazy @$$ getting Hud housing, food stamps, and welfare for doing jack diddly is why this country is in the mess it is in.

Like I mentioned in my previous post, Harmon Killebrew is one of the players that I would have loved to see in his playing days. Yankees fans have gotten a lot of bad rep from almost every fan of every team in the majors, but I have to give the majority of Yankees fans credit for denouncing you. You are no fan of baseball. You are some guy who since he doesn't have a job since the government pays his way. Does nothing more than pick fights with people online. To do it when a man is dying of cancer is the lowest of the low. People are outraged and calling out your shanigans, because Harmon Killebrew to a lot of baseball fans in that era is like a friend they knew because they followed his career so closely, and they are upset that you would make fun of someone who by all accounts was indeed classy. Just look around you, you are making fun of a baseball great who is dying of cancer. If that doesn't say you need to change course in your life and do something productive for a change. Nothing ever will.

Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: May 14, 2011 12:54 pm

Pitchers topped out at 83-84 mph in Killebrew's ?

Dr. Phil's ignorance of the gamre appears near boundless.  I would love to see him with a bat in his hands against guys like Seaver, Gibson, Ryan or perhaps Dick Radatz.  He would not need a radar gun to tell him that they were not topping out at 83-84 mph. 

Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: May 14, 2011 12:50 pm

Killebrew: A 'classy guy' right to the end

It was Lyman Bostock, an OF with the Twins until he signed a lucrative (at the time) free agent deal with the Angels.  He was a murder victim around 1978 or so, I believe.

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Since: May 11, 2011
Posted on: May 14, 2011 12:47 pm
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Since: May 14, 2011
Posted on: May 14, 2011 12:44 pm

Killebrew: A 'classy guy' right to the end

This is my first comment and I just had to respond to DRPhil. You must be young to make such naive and stupid statements. Killebrew played in a different era and anyone who followed baseball at that time knew he was an allstar. I think young reputation rating pretty much sums up what everyone thinks of your comments.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2011 12:37 pm

Killebrew: A 'classy guy' right to the end

Good Point Supermanbrian.Pitchers like Bob Gibson, Mcnally, Jim Palmer, & many others pitched 10 to 20 complete games every year.Now if you pitch 5 CG's your consindered an ironman.

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