Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Killebrew: The Grandfather of the Twins Family

The Grandfather of the Twins (Photo: Minnesota Twins)
Yesterday, the Twins lost the patriarch of their family. The man that forged the way for the rest of the players that would follow in his large footsteps. Harmon Killebrew would create so many memories for the Twins family over the years. Radio stations across Twins Territory would tune to see what their hero was doing on a game-to-game basis. He was one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, Twins player to every put on a uniform.

There have been stories told across Twins Territory in the past week that pay homage to the mighty man that slugged his way to the hearts of generations of Twins faithful. The overarching theme to all of these tales has been a connection that Killebrew had to every person that he encountered. Killebrew is the face of the Twins organization.

All fans have a connection to "their" team. The members of that team spend 162 games a year as part of your life. The players become part of your family and you know more about some of the players than your own family. In that sense, Killebrew was the grandfather to all of the Twins players that came after him.

Killebrew arrived with the Twins franchise when it was moved to Minnesota from Washington. He was a first-generation Twins player and he was the trailblazer to the team in so many ways. He was the first member of the Twins to make the Hall-of-Fame and he led the team to their first World Series birth.

Twins legends gathered at Target Field on Tuesday to discuss the man known as "Killer." Many of these legends grew up in the Twin Cities area idolizing the player that donned number three. Paul Moliter, Kent Hrbek, and Jack Morris all shared thoughts on the player that was a father figure to them during their time in the Twins family.

Jack Morris was in tears as he said, "I lost a hero today. To me, he was a real man. He was all man because he loved so much. He was the family we call the Minnesota Twins."

It was a tough day for everyone that considers themselves a member of the Minnesota Twins family. The grandfather of this organization has left us with some great memories and a life full of grace and happiness.

Killebrew said it best when he said, "Life is precious and time is a key element. Let's make every moment count and help those who have a greater need than our own."

That's what he wanted everyone in the Twins family to do; go out there and make every moment count. There are people in the world that have needs beyond our own personal needs. Killebrew would want you to follow his example and be out there doing good in the world

Thank you, Harmon, for the life you lived. It's great to be a Twins fan and to celebrate your life today.

A collection of posts that I have put together about Harmon Killebrew:

~Killebrew and Me

~One Story about Killebrew from Cuddy

~Video: Harmon Killebrew's HOF Induction Speech

~Rest in Peace, Harmon Killebrew (1936-2011)

~Ultimate Twins Team Bracket: 1991 vs. 1965


yukonbob7 said...

Awesome post Cody Christie ! Awesome

linda said...

Great post.