Skip to content

Bummer: Harmon Killebrew won’t be throwing out the first pitch in Minnesota on Friday

Apr 6, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT


There was word earlier this week that Harmon Killebrew — who has been battling¬†esophageal cancer — was going to throw the first pitch out at the Twins’ home opener on Friday. Now it seems that he won’t make it due because he doesn’t want to interrupt his treatment schedule. Tony Oliva will do the honors in his place, with Killebrew’s grandson catching.

Apologies if I sound like an emotional spaz about this, but this kind of makes me worry. I’m guessing the treatment schedule has been in place a while, including when he first agreed to throw the pitch. He says that his treatment is going well and he hopes to make a full recovery. I hope that’s true and this doesn’t mean that his health won’t permit him to travel to Minnesota.

Sorry. I just have an irrational love of Harmon Killebrew, built mostly on the power of baseball cards I had when I was a kid and stories I’ve heard people who have had the privilege to know him well have told me. I’m going to be a bit more wobbly with him than I might be with other ex-ballplayers.

Get well soon, Harmon.

  1. ThatGuy - Apr 6, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    Poor Killer, hope he gets well.

    On another note, how did Frenchy getting intentionally walked not draw an instant post from you Craig?

  2. Old Gator - Apr 6, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Indeed. But I did see him play. I remember those Borg-Senators and Borg-Twins games. I saw him and the Mick trade multiple homer games. I saw Whitey Ford, about as fearless a pitcher as ever stared down someone else’s basher, pitch the killer like a nervous teenager, down and away, and be happier to skip a ball in the dirt than to hear it bang off the facade of the second deck before he could get turned around to watch it happen. The Killer was something to watch. By all means, get well soon.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. J. Baez (2226)
  2. B. Crawford (2205)
  3. H. Pence (2157)
  4. B. Harper (2087)
  5. C. Correa (1954)