Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Thome joins elite 600 club; connections to Killebrew?
In a season where the Twins lost the greatest power hitter in team history, it seems only fitting that there is a connection between Thome's game last night and Harmon Killebrew. On Thome's way to 600 home runs, he passed Killebrew's mark of 573 at Target Field in 2010. Killebrew had a wonderful message at the time for Thome and the powerful sluggers seemed more connected since that day.
Flashback to an August day at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota. Harmon Killebrew had been pressing at the plate and was stuck on 499 home runs. The date was August 10th and Killer had not hit one out of the yard since July 25th. This day at the plate would be different for Mr. Killebrew. He would end the day with two home runs and his placed etched in history. The iconic photo from that day leads to the present day with Jim Thome...
The most moving night in the short history of Target Field took place earlier this year with the memorial service for Harmon Killebrew. Thome played a small part in the service by climbing to the highest seat in Target Field to show fans the distance of Killebrew's longest home run at Met Stadium. Later in the evening the gentle giant, Thome, would be brought to tears from the emotions of the night.
These men are not just two of the greatest baseball players of all-time; they are also two great men for all-time. Class acts on and off the field that provide role models that will stand the test of time.
Greatness like this does not come around too often and when it does it is important to savor every moment of it.