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Kent Hrbek's Tales from the Minnesota Twins Dugout (Tales) Paperback – Bargain Price, April 1, 2008
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Kent Hrbek played 14 seasons for his hometown Minnesota Twins, helping the franchise to World Series titles in 1987 and 1991. A .282 career hitter with 293 homers, he's one of five Twins to have his number retired. Since retiring, Hrbek has been active in charity work for Lou Gehrig's disease, hosts the Kent Hrbek Outdoors TV show and is a special assistant with the Twins.
Dennis Brackin has worked at the Minneapolis Star Tribune since 1981, winning several national APSE (Associated Press Sports Editors) awards for reporting. He covered the Twins throughout Hrbek's career, and the two are native Minnesotans who share the same birthdate (May 21) and fondness for practical jokes. Brackin is currently an assistant sports editor at the paper who oversees Major League Baseball coverage.
Top customer reviews
Hrbek comes across as a rare athlete who realizes that the important things in life are not being bowed down to and worshiped because he could hit a baseball. He's honest about his love of beer, his family, and not caring that much about conditioning.
Long-time Twins fans like me will relish this, but wish it had just a little more.
It's an enjoyable, quick read for any Twins fan of that era. For those looking for a "deeper side" of Kent Hrbek, you won't find it here. The book is a little weak on chronology -- jumping back and forward in time unnecessarily -- and repeats itself too much (as if co-writer Dennis Brackin was being paid by the page).
Hrbek's antics and honesty come through as genuine. He seems like a guy were he your neighbor you could just walk up to and have a nice, casual conversation. His views on baseball provide insight for the fan from the other side of the stadium fence. I remember watching him as a kid whenever the Twins came to Seattle, and he was always an impressive player. We ran into Hrbek on the street in downtown Seattle one day and he lived-up to his friendly guy image in person too.
I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it for anyone with an interest in baseball or the Minnesota Twins in particular.