August 04, 2005

Quote of the Day

I think of Kirby Puckett, my favorite days in baseball while the lights were still off in the Metrodome at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Game Six, the night he won the World Series, probably the only guy in the world that called me Petey, says, 'Petey, get up in your SportsCenter and tell everyone that Puck is going to jack the Twins up on his back today.' Well, four hits, a game-saving catch, and a 11th-inning home run later, Puck took us to the greatest seventh game, World Series game I will ever experience: 10 innings, 1-0, Jack Morris. These players are great players whose success is measured in overcoming adversity, but no one had to be a great person, no one had to be a great player to be a great person stored in my memory bank. So I think from John Curtis to Bill Campbell to Jerry Remy, Buckethead Schmidt to Bruce Hurst, Ellis Hurst to George Lombard, I've been lucky to know thousands of people who loved the game as much as I do.
-From Peter Gammons' amazing Hall of Fame induction speech, last Saturday. In the unlikely event I ever got the Ford Frick award, I'd imagine I'd tell the Puckett Game 6 story too. Posted by Stephen Silver at August 4, 2005 05:12 PM

I was at that game--upper deck!

Posted by: Jeremy Wahlman at August 4, 2005 08:32 PM

I was on diving on the GB reef in Australia. I caught the game on Ausie TV from the reef. I watched game 7 live back on shore at about 3 am.

My lord that was quite tenses.

Posted by: J. Lichty at August 9, 2005 11:36 PM

I was there two, 2nd to last row, upper deck center field. Still one of the best days of my life.



Posted by: Ivan at August 11, 2005 01:07 AM
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