There has been another Hall-of-Fame Twins player that has been in the headlines over the last week. Harmon Killebrew, who could be argued as the greatest Twins player, has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. This battle is going to be a struggle for the former slugger but with the team of doctors that he has he "anticipates a full recovery."
|Killebrew, Morneau, and Kubel at|
2006 Spring Training
The first time that I encountered Mr. Killebrew I was a young college student that was attending my first Twins Fest. A good friend of mine, Dustin Dimmler, and I were excited to be able to collect as many autographs as we could at this gathering of Twins players. We were surprised at how short the line was for a player of Killebrew's stature. We were able to move through the line with incredible ease.
|Killebrew getting interviewed|
(I'm in the background)
In 2006, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend Twins Spring Training in Ft. Myers, Florida. Killebrew was also in attendance and on the field with his old #3 on. It was great to get to Harmon on the field interacting with the players and coaches. He would stand next to the batting cage and give advice to anyone that would hear it. And who wouldn't want to take advice from one of the greatest sluggers in the history of the game?
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Me cleaning off Killebrew's shoe
It has been sad to hear about the heath concerns that are now plaguing Killebrew's later years. I am thankful for the few interactions that I have had with him over the years. I look forward to even more interactions in the future.
Get well, Harmon.