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The camera then panned up to a seat at the top of the Target Field outfield, 520 feet from home plate, to illustrate just how far Killebrew’s ball traveled on that day.

Sitting in the seat, as far as you can possibly get from home plate, was a beaming Jim Thome, who passed Killebrew on the career home runs list last season. Thome waved the famous No. 3 jersey that Killebrew wore that season.

Then Nita stepped to the plate and hit one out of the stadium.

She spoke of Harmon teasing her for always being the one in the back of the room, shying away from the limelight that always followed her husband.

“Standing before a public crowd is certainly not my forte, but I promised Harmon I would do this,” she said. “Today, sweetheart, I wanna make you proud and just maybe, just maybe, you will turn to Kirby Puckett and say, ‘Hey Puck, what do you know, maybe she is coachable after all.”

She finished her address by asking everyone in the ballpark to “Stand Up To Cancer,” a show of support for the charitable organization dedicated to raising funds for cancer research.

Everyone did, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

“He was a gentleman to the end,” Nita said. “Always composed, never complaining. If only you could have seen what I was blessed to have seen. … I was truly honored to be his caregiver. He left me inspired, awed, amazed and humbled.”


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