Harmon “The Killer” Killebrew: 1936-2011

*photo credit to The Star Tribune

Today six members of the Minnesota Twins’ grounds crew lifted home plate at Target Field and placed a photo of the late Harmon Killebrew under it.  Killebrew, considered by most as the greatest Twin of all time and the first “face of the franchise” passed away today at the age of 74.

Today in an interview with KFAN 1130 out of the Twin Cities; Kent Hrbek said “Harmon was to me, Paul Bunyan with a uniform on”.  Former Twin Paul Molitor said “If you knew and were mindful of Harmon, your life has been enriched”.  Molitor also added “I saw the joy he had even at the end””.

It is a sad day for Twins fans but also should be looked at a day to celebrate Harmon.  The Twins legend who blasted 475 of his 573 in a Twins uniform will forever be loved by Twins fans.  Even for people of my generation who didn’t get to watch Harmon play, the impact he had on generations of Twins players is still evident today.  Harmon was always at Spring Training and many Twins players talk about the impact he had on their lives.  I never have and am sure I never will hear of anyone say a bad word about Harmon Killebrew.

The Twins starting tonight will wear the number “3” on their jersey sleve for the rest of the season.  The Twins will also honor Killebrew with a number “3” flag at Target Field and a sign on the outfield wall the rest of the season.  Killebrew will also be honored at tonight’s Twins Mariners game in Seatle.

“It’s hard to put into words what Harmon has meant to me.  He first welcomed me into the Twins family as an 18-year-old into the Twins family and has continued to influence me in many ways.” – Twins catcher Joe Mauer

R.I.P. Harmon “The Killer” Killebrew.  You will be missed by Twins fans of all ages and generations.