Fair Sailing, Rick Kaminski

I never got to see Rick Kaminski, Seattle’s “Peanut Guy,” ply his trade in person. But I knew of him and was glad to know he was out there. He died late last night.

No one is reducible to his job or what you think you know of him from afar, but, based on those distant impressions, here’s to a guy who seemed to love his life, which would strike most as a simple life, and who, over the years, gave a lot of people a laugh or two that they probably needed. To be honest, that’s more than most of us are good for.

Tonight, I’m raising a drink to Rick Kaminski. Join me?

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  1. Sam says:

    I remember him back when i was a season ticket holder. great guy always had candy for the kids and was always smiling and having fun. amazingly talented at throwing peanuts as well, for what thats worth

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  2. TheGrandSlamwich says:

    I sadly never met him, but this video makes me wish I did. I’m certainly raising a glass to Rick Kominski, and I wish his family the best.

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  3. Bobby Mueller says:

    Rick the Peanut Man was at his best at the Kingdome, before Safeco Field. The Kingdome was set up so he could easily circulate around the lower level of seats. Safeco was not as easy for him to get around. He was amazingly accurate with a bag of peanuts, though.

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  4. Commoncents says:

    I’ve never seen or met him, but heard about his passing around MLB TV, ESPN and NotGraphs. Pretty touching.

    It seems he loved what he did, was exceptional at it and people loved him for it… We should all be so lucky.

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  5. Rick was special. Loved kids, babysat for us on my birthday once- my girls loved him. He was fun, feisty and accurate as snot with his behind the back tosses. Loved golf, and being “Rick”. I believe he won a national contest of peanut vendors a few years back.
    You’ll be missed

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