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As you've surely heard by now, Twins Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett died last night at the age of 45. Puckett was a player who was impossible to dislike; he played baseball the way we all imagine we would, if we had the chance. His post-retirement career was smeared by Frank Deford's famous Sports Illustrated piece, but as a player, no one was more popular than Kirby Puckett. Rest in peace, as they say.

A roundup of Kirby reaction from around the Web:

• Why Kirby was the scariest hitter in baseball at the time. [Mariners Morsels]
• Trying to keep the good and the bad of Kirby separate. Sportszilla]
• The strangeness of a guy we all grew up watching dying so young. [The FYC]
• Video of Puckett after the 1991 World Series reveals ... he was in the "2 Legit 2 Quit" video? Did we forget about this? [Minnesota Video Stories]
• Touching tribute from the great Bat-Girl. [Bat Girl]
• How big was Puckett getting? Here's a photo from just one year ago. []
• The sports Wiki encourages you to weigh in. [Armchair GM]
• And every other link we might have missed. [Baseball Musings]