Byron’s note to me, short and simple but filled with raw emotion, is worth posting here:
Kirby Puckett died tonight. Unbelievable.There are plenty of fond obituaries being published today (see here, here, and here). But none of them hit quite the same appreciative note that Byron’s missive does.
Ten years ago he was tearing up Spring Training pitching, until he woke up one morning with double vision.
The man who was so fun to watch as a baseball player had 10 miserable years away from the sport, and now he is gone. Sigh.
He had the highest lifetime average for a right-handed batter--.318--since “Joltin’ Joe” DiMaggio.
Rest in peace, Puck.