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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: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2011 12:33 pm

Killebrew: A 'classy guy' right to the end

Dr.Phil, your lack of compassion is mind boggling.I'll bet just about everyone on their deathbed have done things over the years they regret, but this is not the time to slam Killebrew & you should be ashamed of yourself.Harmon was a lot more than a .250 average.In fact Crawford, Dunn, & many others wish they were  hitting .250.
I;m old enough to remember watching Killebrew, Oliva, even Lyman Bostwick.(Who can tell me what happened to Bostwick?)
I'm rank Harmon right up there with Frank & Brooks Robinson, Kaline, Yaz,Billy Williams,,above good players like Joe Rudy,Norm Cash,Don Buford, Paul Blair, Curt Flood.Reggie Jackson was just starting out then, & at the time Killebrew was a better player.
To bring up the guys personal life while he's on his death bed is just plain dispicable.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: May 14, 2011 12:22 pm

Killebrew: A 'classy guy' right to the end

 You're an idiot Dr. Phil. Killebrew hit home runs when it wasn't easy. Why do you think hitting even 40 was considered an accomplishment? Because the players weren't all juiced up. Brady Anderson went from hitting 18-19 to 50 in one year. Had Killebrew been on the juice he probably wouldn't have hit more than 700 in his career and improved his batting average in the meantime. By the way what was Reggie Jackson's career average? Not much better than Killebrew. I'm sure you won't have anything to say about him, will you? Let the man rest in peace. Now go back to your miserable life.

Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: May 14, 2011 12:13 pm

Jeter's "tape measure" shots?

I just read an earlier post of Dr.Phil's speaking of Jeter's (not Killebrew's) "tape measure" shots. There is statue of  aglove at Target Field 520 feet from home plate, the distance Killebrew's longets home run travelled.  I have not looked it up but feel reasonably confident that Jeter has never hit a 520 foot HR.  Is this Dr.Phil guy Jeter's girlfriend impersonating a baseball fan?

Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2011 12:13 pm

Killebrew: A 'classy guy' right to the end

LOL! Sorry "Dr", but Killebrew played during the pitcher's era. If you actually knew anything about baseball, you would know that his HR total against today's sorry pitchers would have been even higher. You're truly laughable if you are comparing Killebrew to Jeter. Jeter is a solid player, but Killebrew was one of the top 5 of his era in hitting, Jeter is absolutely not.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2011 12:12 pm

Killebrew: A 'classy guy' right to the end

I never really saw him play, but I've always heard great things about him. I hope he actually can beat the cancer, but if not, that at least he is as comfortable as possible.

And oh yeah, Dr. Phil, you are an idiot and a callous individual for even bringing up some nonsense about comparisons to Jeter. I AM a Yankees fan, and YOU SIR, ARE NO YANKEES FAN.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2011 12:09 pm

Killebrew: A 'classy guy' right to the end

Wow, this DrPhil guy is either an absolute genius at trolling or a complete moron. I'm not sure which.

Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: May 14, 2011 12:09 pm

Killebrew: A 'classy guy' right to the end

You can compare the two. Killebrew won the MVP award in 1969. Jeter has never won it.

Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: May 14, 2011 12:08 pm

Killebrew: A 'classy guy' right to the end

If you can truthfully remark that "most of us don't even know who he is" when speaking of Harmon Killebrew on a baseball blog then none of us should waste our time reading any comments you have on the sport.  Perhaps you should be commenting on a sport that you have at least a modicum of knowledge of, say Ultimate Fighting or NASCAR.  You will have to know who GSP and Earnhardt are, respectively, to make educated comment, so if those names draw blanks like Killebrew, think of another. 

Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2011 11:50 am

Killebrew: A 'classy guy' right to the end

Hey dr Philmcgraw.....As for the Jeter comparison....There isnt one....Jeter couldnt hold Killers jock on his best day....

Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2011 11:47 am

Killebrew: A 'classy guy' right to the end

Killebrew was one of the most feared hitters in his day....If u havent heard about him thats ur fault not his...he retired like number 4 on home run list before steroids ruined that list......

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