Miss You, Puck (Kirby Puckett)!
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Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett suddenly passed away, at the age of 45, on March 8,
2006. Kirby led the Minnesota Twins to two World Series Championships (1987 &
1991). The Minnesota Twins+
held a public memorial service for Kirby Puckett on Sun. night at the Metrodome.
For more info, See Note.
Lots of people visited the makeshift shrine* to Kirby Puckett before the Public
Memorial Service, which was at 7 p.m. at the Metrodome (The St. Paul Pioneer
that around 15,000 people attended the service even though the weather was
bad with snowing at night. For more info, see Note 1). Around 3 p.m. we could
see many people waiting in front of the main gates of the Metrodome, which were
opened at 6 p.m. All of the flags in front of the main gates at the Metrodome were
flown at half-staff in honor of the Hall of Famer, Kirby Puckett.
News people shot videos in front of the Metrodome. At first glace, I thought
Rachel and her daughter, Arleigh were news people, but I found out later
they were just Kirby fans. In memory of Kirby, Rachel, who has been a long time
fan of Kirby, shoots videos while her daughter (with the help of Ziff from
Chicago) interviews people who visit the shrine and/or plan to attend the
service. They are doing this for their own memory. It looks like most small kids
didn't know of Kirby because he retired around 10 years ago. Brian (used to
live in Minneapolis and now lives in North Minneapolis) came to the shrine and
plans to attend the service with his buddies. Brian wears a special T-shirt he
designed on his own for this day. On the front side of his shirt, he drew
Kirby's face (He goes, "I spent one and a half hours or so.") while on the back
of the shirt, he drew Kirby's number, 34 and Kirby's name. His drawing of
Kirby's face is cool! He's an artist. I heard that he just came back from the
Army of One**. I overheard the following when he was being interviewed by Rachel
and her daughter: I think he said that he was six years old when Kirby retired
(or something like that).
makeshift (temporary) shrine is huge. I sometimes see a small makeshift shrine
on the shoulder of a highway at the place where someone died in a car crash.
Also, at the Cathedral of Saint Paul+++,
I see some shrines for saints inside of the Cathedral. In a Japanese sense, a
shrine always means that of Shintoism, and the Japanese sure recall a big Shinto
shrine when we hear of a shrine. It's interesting to learn that there is a
different sense on shrines between the U.S. and Japan.
The Minnesota Twins <
St. Paul Pioneer Press <
+++ The Cathedral of Saint Paul, St. Paul, MN <
held a public memorial service for Kirby on Sun.(060312) night at the Metrodome.
Twins honor and celebrate Puckett’s life. Fans and former teammates pay tribute
to Minnesota legend <
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