Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Kent Hrbek On David Letterman: Oct. 28, 1987


Kent did Kirby proud.
Kent Hrbek was his usual, unvarnished self in this segment following the Twins first World Series victory.  In this Letterman segment, he discussed the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome's home field advantage and "dog whistle" effect for the loud crowds during the Twins incredible playoff run. He also talked about going duck and goose hunting at 4 am the day of Game 7 to ease his nerves. More importantly, he also managed to pay homage to the Kirby Puckett Memorial Sweater Hall of Fame in all his kaleidoscopic finery.

It may have been the most laid back episode of the Letterman franchise, much to the wisecracking host's chagrin. The late night goofball had had a refreshingly witty visit with Joe Niekro on the show just a few month's previous; Niekro had been scheduled after his suspension for doctoring baseballs. Letterman spends most of the time trying to provoke a spontaneous response from Hrbek, often preempting him with his shtick. 

David Letterman could have taken a cue from Herb Carneal, and signed off with:
"So long, everybody." - TT

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