John Kruk Gets Us

13 Aug

Last night the Phillies honored John Kruk as the 33rd player inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame.

Now I don’t know if Kruk is more deserving statistically then some other players out there that wore the Phillies pinstripes, but I think he really “gets” Philadelphia, and that’s why he was chosen.

We loved Kruk because he was a scrapper.  He played hard, and never left a game with a clean uniform.  His greasy hair and scraggly beard may have said that he didn’t care so much for his appearance, but he sure cared about the way that he played the game.

Kruk may be on the national stage now that he works as a broadcaster for ESPN, but he still considers Philadelphia his home.

“Everything in my life besides being born in West Virginia happened right here,” Kruk said. “[I] Met my wive here.  My children were born here. Diagnosed and cured of cancer right here… The luckiest people here are these 25 right here,  they get to play in front of the greatest fans in all of sports every damn night.”

And the real reason that he was chosen to have a plaque up on the wall was evidenced by this next statement.

“You players, media people say that it’s tough to play in Philly in front of those fans… To those people I say, ‘You didn’t have the guts to succeed here.'”

Awesome.  John Kruk is a Philadelphian.

Side Note –

• In addition to all the other festivities of Alumni Weekend, the Harry Kalas statue will be unveiled outside the third-base gate before Sunday afternoon’s game against the Nationals.  I can’t wait to see it.

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One Response to “John Kruk Gets Us”

  1. mlblogsbarbward August 13, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    John Kruk is one of my all time favorite Phillie and for all the reasons that you mentioned in the above entry. The Krukster!!! 🙂

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