Why #3 Matters.
About ten hours ago, the world changed. And not necessarily for the better.
We lost an All-Star. Both literally, and figuratively.
#3, Harmon Killebrew passed on today after his fight with cancer came to an end. A horrid end for a fantastic individual.
This is not some slugger who just played ball. This is a guy who honestly changed fans lives. Don’t believe me? Well the internet is there to prove you wrong.
I found out about 10 hours ago, via Twitter. Honestly, it’s where my news comes from on a daily basis.
Now, I am an odd one. I never got to see him play. I wasn’t born until about six years after he retired. Ironic, I know. My only interaction with him as a person was at a charity event about eight years ago.
That was where I realized it wasn’t all rumors. Harmon Killebrew was a great man both on and off the field. Today, that was emphasized. Stories and pictures flooded my Facebook and Twitter stream about my friends’ interactions with the legend.
And that is how he will be remembered. A legend. A true original. Not this pompous crap of sports stars we see today (not so much in Minnesota, though).
And that is how it should be.
To a sports star I never had the opportunity to watch, I raise my glass in your honor and hope that I can have even a fraction of an impact that you’ve had.