Friday, May 27, 2011

My View of Killebrew's Memorial

Killebrew's statue on Target Plaza
It was a long, emotional night at Target Field in honor of the great Harmon Killebrew.

I arrived shortly before four o'clock to stake out my place at the front of the line. I wanted to get there early see Harmon's Hall of Fame plaque near his statue. I also wanted to get as close as I could to the field for the event. I was lucky enough to secure a seat in the Champion's Club and this gave me a wonderful view of the service from an excellent seat.

There were some great memories shared by family and friends of the man that has meant so much to the Twins organization. The two speeches that were the most emotional to get through were given by Nita Killebrew, Harmon's wife, and by Rod Carew, the Hall-of-Fame player. After both of these speeches, there could not be a dry eye in the house.

Another moment that sticks out in my mind is the image of Jim Thome sitting in the furthest possible seat away from home plate at Target Field. It is the only seat in the ballpark that is over 500 feet away, a distance that Harmon matched with a HR at Met Stadium. Thome would start the night in the upper deck waving Killebrew's jersey for all to see and by the end of the night he was reduced to tears.

There were so many memories that I will cherish for this night. A stunning rendition of "What a Wonderful World" by Jim "Mudcat" Grant, the helicopter views of the #3 train making it's way to Target Field, and the video tributes to the Twins hero are now etched into the recesses of my mind.

It has been a long night for all Twins fans and below you will find some of the pictures I took this evening. But before you look at those, take time to visit the other two links that I have provided. The Minnesota Twins are encouraging donations to be made to the Harmon Killebrew Foundation. Harmon had a lot of things that he wanted to accomplish and donations to his foundation can pave the way to his Legacy Program. The other link is to the organization that Nita Killebrew mentioned in her wonderful speech, Stand-Up to Cancer. Please visit these sites and consider making a donation to their cause.

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Here are a few of the other pictures I took last night:
Killebrew on the Twins Tower

Fans lined up at Gate 14

Twins fans cheering for Harmon
Killebrew's Hall of Fame Plaque
The view from out seats

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