188  We’ll Miss You, Puck (Kirby Puckett)!     Shrines (USA vs. Japan)  posted: 060327, modified: 060424

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Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett suddenly passed away, at the age of 45, on March 8, 2006.  Kirby led the Minnesota Twins to two World Series Championships (1987 & 1991). The Minnesota Twins
+ held a public memorial service for Kirby Puckett on Sun. night at the Metrodome. For more info, See Note.

Lots of people visited the makeshift shrine* to Kirby Puckett before the Public Memorial Service, which was at 7 p.m. at the Metrodome (The St. Paul Pioneer Press
++ reported that around 15,000 people attended the service even though the weather was bad with snowing at night. For more info, see Note 1). Around 3 p.m. we could see many people waiting in front of the main gates of the Metrodome, which were opened at 6 p.m.  All of the flags in front of the main gates at the Metrodome were flown at half-staff in honor of the Hall of Famer, Kirby Puckett. 

News people shot videos in front of the Metrodome. At first glace, I thought Rachel and her daughter, Arleigh  were news people, but I found out later they were just Kirby fans. In memory of Kirby, Rachel, who has been a long time fan of Kirby, shoots videos while her daughter (with the help of Ziff from Chicago) interviews people who visit the shrine and/or plan to attend the service. They are doing this for their own memory. It looks like most small kids didn't know of Kirby because he retired around 10 years ago. Brian (used to live in Minneapolis and now lives in North Minneapolis) came to the shrine and plans to attend the service with his buddies. Brian wears a special T-shirt he designed on his own for this day. On the front side of his shirt, he drew Kirby's face (He goes, "I spent one and a half hours or so.") while on the back of the shirt, he drew Kirby's number, 34 and Kirby's name. His drawing of Kirby's face is cool! He's an artist. I heard that he just came back from the Army of One**. I overheard the following when he was being interviewed by Rachel and her daughter: I think he said that he was six years old when Kirby retired (or something like that). 

* This makeshift (temporary) shrine is huge.  I sometimes see a small makeshift shrine on the shoulder of a highway at the place where someone died in a car crash.  Also, at the Cathedral of Saint Paul+++, I see some shrines for saints inside of the Cathedral.  In a Japanese sense, a shrine always means that of Shintoism, and the Japanese sure recall a big Shinto shrine when we hear of a shrine.  It's interesting to learn that there is a different sense on shrines between the U.S. and Japan.  
The Minnesota Twins <  http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/index.jsp?c_id=min >
++  St. Paul Pioneer Press < http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/ >
The U.S. Army < http://www.army.mil/ >
+++  The Cathedral of Saint Paul, St. Paul, MN < http://www.cathedralsaintpaul.org >  

Twins held a public memorial service for Kirby on Sun.(060312) night at the Metrodome. Twins honor and celebrate Puckett’s life. Fans and former teammates pay tribute to Minnesota legend < http://tigers.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20060312&content_id=1346978&vkey=news_min&fext=.jsp&c_id=min >

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