Every time Kirby Puckett stepped onto the Metrodome field, the sun broke out.

He played his home games in that drab indoor stadium in Minneapolis. He lit it up with his solar smile, and he warmed it with the intensity of his play.

The first sentence of Puckett's Hall of Fame plaque reads:

"A proven team leader with an ever-present smile and infectious exuberance who led the Twins to World Series titles in 1987 and 1991."

His warmth and intensity spread to others.

"Kirby Puckett was everything to me, man, from when I was 17 years old," Torii Hunter said. "On the field, he taught me everything. You play like it's your last game. You never know when this opportunity is going to be gone.

"God blessed you with all this talent. Put it on the field. Use it so you can say, 'Hey, I gave it all my all -- I used all my talent that God blessed me with.' Kirby Puckett was that guy."