Sunday, May 15, 2011

Pic of the Week

The Killebrew statue got the swing right
but not the face.
Two red roses adorned the plaque at the base of the statue of Harmon Killebrew on the plaza outside Target Field on Friday, the day Killebrew made it known that his esophageal cancer is terminal, that treatment has been ceased and that he was entering hospice care.

The plaque reads:

Harmon Killebrew
Minnesota Twins

From the book The Power Hitters 
by Donald Honig

"If ever anyone yielded a blunt instrument
at home plate, it was Harmon Killebrew.
There was nothing subtle about the Idaho 
strong boy. It was always his intention to
mash a pitched ball as far as he could."

"Yielded" isn't the right word.  "Wielded" is.  But the sense of the quote — and the basic thrust of the statue — is dead on. 

1 comment:

  1. interesting article from 2008 on whether or not Harmon is the inspiration for the MLB logo.

    Creator says he is not. I am sure that MLB doesn't want to ever say he is so as Harmon could never claim royalties.