I hope everyone will indulge something a little different tonight after catching up on Carlos Martinez's night in St. Louis (5IP, 7H, 1BB, 5K, 1ER). :)
We're always looking to the future here, but I gotta say...it sure is nice to reflect on the history of this great game. In an era of multi-millionaire rookies and prima donnas, it's nice to remember a guy who was not only a fantastic Hall of Famer, but an all around great guy.
Twins put on a wonderful memorial tonight at Target Field.
Highlights - Jim Kaat gave a really nice tribute, Mudcat Grant sang "What a Wonderful World", Bud Selig, Michael Cuddyer, and Justin Morneau spoke. Torii Hunter gave a video tribute too. Funny story Cuddyer, Morneau and Hunter ALL shared (without realizing they would be sharing the same story)...it seems Killer was a stickler for players having a "readable" autograph so fans could always tell whose signature they had, and they all changed their signatures to be more readable after hearing it from Harman. Rod Carew gave a really nice, emotional tribute about how Killebrew took him under his wing and taught him to play the game the right way and respect everyone. Paul Molitor joked that Harman actually liked his autograph during his speech. Harman's wife Nita gave an inspiring tribute, talking about how Twins fans gave him strength during his battle. And Hank Aaron was on hand too, though he didn't speak. All around, a wonderful tribute. I actually see a lot of him in Jim Thome. A big, humble home run hitter.
If you can find it on Youtube or anything, I recommend it.
Now back to the prospects...