FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Standing inside the home clubhouse at Hammond Stadium on Thursday morning, Harmon Killebrew was greeting Twins players with a warm smile and that same wonderful, gentlemanly demeanor that he's shown throughout so many Spring Trainings.But this morning was certainly special for the players to catch up with Killebrew, 74, as it was the first time most of them had seen the legendary Twins slugger since he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in December. It was also a special day for Killebrew, who had been optimistic since his diagnosis that he would be able to make it down to Twins camp. "I'm really feeling good and it's great to be in Spring Training," Killebrew said as he spoke with reporters about his recovery for the first time on Thursday morning. "It took me awhile to get down here, but [manager Ron Gardenhire] said it was OK if I reported a little bit late." Killebrew chuckled after that statement, which was a sign of the positivity that he has kept since learning of his diagnosis. Despite the seriousness of his illness, Killebrew looked strong as he walked through the stadium. He said that he lost a lot of weight early on in the illness, but that he's been gaining a lot of it back.
2010 Spring Training - Minnesota Twins
News & Features
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