Kent Hrbek cried when the Metrodome blew up


July 5, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; The helmet of Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau (not pictured) in the dugout before the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Twin Cities blog City Pages caught up with Kent Hrbek recently, and uncovered some juicy nuggets you never knew about the former Twins first baseman.

For instance, Kent Hrbek is a big fan of Frank Zappa.

Kent Hrbek gets misty-eyed when he hears the song “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing.

Kent Hrbek wishes people would stop messing up the National Anthem with their “oohs” and “aahs.”

And then City Pages asked Hrbek about the now-defunct Metrodome and things got emotional:

"I had tears watching them blow the thing up. That was a special place in my life. It’s where I spent my summer for 14 years. I played in the very first game there ever and saw the last Vikings game they played at the Dome. I know it was horrible to watch baseball there. But all my memories are in there. I really want to get a couple seats if I can."

Kent Hrbek looks at the rubble pile that used to be the Metrodome and feels just like an old grizzled warrior gazing upon the battlefield where the blood of his friends was spilled oh those many years ago.

Well that might be over-dramatic. But Hrbek is clearly an emotional guy. Dirty Dancing chokes him up. When he’s feeling especially low, he throws on some Zappa and rocks out jazzy-avant-garde-satirical style.

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