It looks like there are already a lot of things to love about Target Field, but from what I've seen, the statues of Kirby Puckett, Rod Carew and Harmon Killebrew are my favorite. The Twins gave each statue its own unveiling day with Puckett's pose from Game 6 of the 1991 World Series having its coming out party before Monday's home opener. That's 17-year-old Kirby Puckett Jr. looking at the big, bronzed version of his dad above.
What I like best is that the statues are supersized and each is iconic enough that I think they'd place well in Wezen-Ball's ranking of ballpark statues. That Carew's crouch and expert grip have been forever captured is just way too cool for words.
Same goes for Killebrew's power and Puckett's pure joy.
The Star Tribune did a Q&A with renowned Twin Cities sculptor Bill Mack, who said that all three statues had to be larger than life. Each weighs overs 750 pounds apiece.
"You know what? I do life-size work," Mack told the paper. "I've done a lot of life-size work. But these players aren't life-size to anybody. They're heroic. It can even be bigger."