Farewell Harmon

Full photo galleries from the following Twins games/events can be found here:

Link: Twins vs. Mariners, May 23, 2011

Link: Twins vs. Mariners, May 24, 2011

Link: Harmon Killebrew Memorial, May 26, 2011

Link: Twins vs. Angels, May 27, 2011

Link: Twins vs. Angels, May 28, 2011

The Twins home stand that brought the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels to Target Field over May 23rd to May 29th was full of memorable moments. Most remarkable has to be the tributes paid to Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew after he passed away at the age of 74 on May 17th from battling cancer. The first game against the Mariners was the Twins’ first home game since his passing and the Twins took time to pay tribute to Harmon before the game. For this game only a large #3 was etched into the infield dirt behind second base. More permanent tributes included wrapping a black band around Harmon’s retired #3 jersey number and putting his famous signature on the right-center field wall (seen above).

Harmon Killebrew's #3 was etched into the infield dirt behind second base for the May 23rd game against the Seattle Mariners at Target Field to commemorate his passing.

Harmon Killebrew's retired Twins jersey number 3 was wrapped in a black band at Target Field as one of the ways to commemorate his passing.

Before the game started against the Mariners the entire Twins team gathered around the #3 in the infield dirt to take a moment to remember Harmon. All Twins players and coaches will also wear a black #3 on the right sleeve of their jerseys for the rest of the season. They will also be wearing their 1961 throwback jerseys for all remaining home games.

Minnesota Twins players and coaches stand around a large #3 etched into the infield dirt at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 23, 2011.

Between the Mariners and Angels series, the Twins held a public memorial for Harmon that brought together not only Twins legends, but some other notable names in baseball as well including MLB commissioner Bud Selig and former homerun king and Hall of Fame member Hank Aaron.

Hank Aaron and Jim Thome pose for a photo after the memorial service for Harmon Killebrew at Target Field on May 26, 2011 in Minneapolis, MN.

Former Minnesota Twin Rod Carew prepares to speak at the memorial service for Harmon Killebrew at Target Field on May 26, 2011 in Minneapolis, MN.

Jim Thome returned to the Twins lineup in a big way on May 23rd after some time on the DL by hitting not one, but two homeruns during the game. That brings his career homerun total to 593, just 7 shy of the 600 mark.

Minnesota Twins DH Jim Thome connects for career homerun #592 at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN on May 23, 2011 against the Seattle Mariners. This was the first of two homeruns on the night for Thome and it was his first game back from the DL.

Jim Thome takes a curtain call after hitting his second homerun of the game on May 23rd agains the Seattle Mariners.

The Angels series meant former Twins outfielder Torii Hunter would make his annual return to Minnesota where he still remains very popular with many fans. The May 27th game was also the first post-game fireworks show of the season at Target Field.

Former Twin Torii Hunter makes his annual return to Minnesota when the Twins host the Los Angeles Angels on May 27, 2011.

Post-game fireworks at Target Field on May 27, 2011.

The game against the Angels on May 28th was a very exciting game for Twins fans indeed. It started off by Twins starting pitcher Anthony Swarzak taking a no hitter into the 8th inning before Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos broke it up with a double.

Twins starting pitcher Anthony Swarzak took a no hitter into the 8th inning on May 28th against the Seattle Mariners at Target Field.

Not to be outdueled, Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver matched evenly with Swarzak by forcing a 0 – 0 game into the 10th inning. Danny Valencia got to play hero once again by getting the game winning hit with bases loaded giving the Twins a dramatic 1 to 0 walk-off win. If you remember, he was the hero in a nearly identical situation back on April 12th.

Minnesota Twins 3rd baseman Danny Valencia connects for a walk-off base hit in the bottom of the 10th inning with the bases loaded against the Los Angeles Angels for a 1 - 0 victory on May 28, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Minnesota Twins 3rd baseman Danny Valencia celebrates with his teammates after getting a walk-off base hit in the bottom of the 10th inning on May 28, 2011 at Target Field.

Minnesota Twins 3rd baseman Danny Valencia gets a shaving cream pie in his face by teammate Drew Butera on May 28, 2011 at Target Field.

The next home stand starts on June 9th where the Texas Rangers will visit Target Field for 4 games. The Twins will play 10 home games including a 3-game series against their division rivals, the Chicago White Sox, and also their first home interleague games of the season where they will host the San Diego Padres. I plan on photographing several games from these series, so check back as I’ll be updating my 2011 Twins Galleries page periodically as usual.

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