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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.


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DrPhilMcgraw
Since: Oct 2, 2009
Posted on: May 14, 2011 11:13 am
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DrPhilMcgraw
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Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: May 14, 2011 10:55 am
 

Killebrew: A 'classy guy' right to the end

      
;     I mean really DrPhil. You are going to sit there and compare Derek Jeter and Harmon Killebrew when there is no relevance between comparing those two players. They are completely different players with different playing styles so there is no reason for comparison among those two. There is a man dying of esphogial cancer and the only thing you can think of is a Derek Jeter comparison. I agree with Dr. J Rainwater, if Jeter heard you making those comments he probably would want to punch you in the face. I mean considering it is you DrPhil. I should know what to expect, but discrediting a man's credentials that is dying is low even for you. Killebrew is one of the players that I wished I was alive back then to see. Not the bloated Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Mark McGwire type players that you brag about. As time has went on. Players have gotten less classy, and it trickles down and even the fans have gotten less classy. May you enjoy your last days on earth Harmon even though you'll probably never see this post and if you do. Know that even Tigers fans revere you even if a person (and I use the term person loosely to describe Phil) doesn't.



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2011 10:54 am
 

Killebrew: A 'classy guy' right to the end

If you wrote this as some kind of sarcastic joke, your timing is exceptionally putrid.  If you were serious, you are a complete moron.



Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: May 14, 2011 10:42 am
 

Killebrew: A 'classy guy' right to the end

No sir, with comments like that, you are a joke.  Your idol, Derek Jeter, would want to punch you in the face if he heard you saying those comments out loud.


DrPhilMcgraw
Since: Oct 2, 2009
Posted on: May 14, 2011 10:34 am
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Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: May 14, 2011 9:12 am
 

Killebrew: A 'classy guy' right to the end

Can't say enough good things about Harmon.  A quiet,humble,classy guy when I watched him play in the 1960's.  Wish some of the stars these days would be more like him.  Harmon had no ego.  Never drew attention to himself.  The world was a better place just because of him.  Thank you Harmon.



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: May 14, 2011 12:21 am
 

Killebrew: A 'classy guy' right to the end

I echo what BGLeague said.... The numbers the Killebrew put up in the 60's, with the high strike zone and the high mound and the ability of pitchers to actually pitch inside (not to mention other semi-forgotten stars like Frank Robinson) will hopefully be appreciated more after the steroid era fades into history.   



Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2011 9:26 pm
 

Killebrew: A 'classy guy' right to the end

growing up in the era of Killebrew, Mantle, Mays, Frank Robinson and Aaron...what a treat!....baseball games were televised on Saturday afternoons with Joe Garagiola(sp) and Tony Kubek.  "Killer" was always a class act...his talk came through his bat and he hit MAMMOTH home runs...aside from Mantle and Frank Howard I can't remember any players who could hit as far as Killebrew.....he fought a good fight against a terrible disease that continues to take good people away...we shall miss him when he's gone..thanks for the memories Harmon Killebrew



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2011 9:09 pm
 

Killebrew: A 'classy guy' right to the end

I never met the man or was a fan of his team but I followed his career and always liked and respected him. I am old enough to remember him from the Washington Senators team.


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