You won't hear me comment on baseball much (and I won't say much now, either, as many more knowledgable and eloquent people are saying more than I could). But everybody who grew up in Minnesota knows what Kirby Puckett means to us. I use the present tense because he still means more to us than any athlete who has ever played here. He's the guy who helped hang the only two pro championship banners for this state in the last fifty years. But had he never done that, he'd still be the premiere Minnesota sports presence. You didn't grow up in Minnesota without loving Kirby Puckett. His game and his personality were larger than life.
We miss him already.