Kirby Puckett was, in point of fact, a great baseball player. And, as a ballplayer, he exhibited a one-of-a-kind on-field personality which is, and will be, missed. My condolences to his family. I have some conflicting feelings about what else to say about him, because I still stand by my claim (a lot of the discussion was in comments to the post, which are no longer there) that there is a real ethical principle whose idea is, in part, captured by the maxim, "Don't speak ill of the dead." I'll say more about that in a day or two.