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Phillies honor John Kruk, heart of 1993’s ‘Macho Row’

On Friday, Aug. 12, the Phillies will honor former player John Kruk into the Phillies’ Wall of Fame prior to the game against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.

Before the Phillies won in 2008, the 1993 team took the heart of Philadelphia. John%20Kruk

Kruk, now an ESPN baseball analyst, had a 10-year career in baseball and was a .300 lifetime hitter.

I had a chance to meet him on the Ocean City Boardwalk and talked to him about the Phillies briefly.

He was wearing an ESPN shirt and was at Playland in Ocean City with his beautiful wife and their child.

What I should have told him was that we were at the game when he came back from testicular cancer in 1994 and cheered him after the hit a double and stood on second base.

In 1993, the championship year (National League champs who lost in six games to the Toronto Blue Jays), Kruk hit .316 with 14 home runs with 85 RBI in 535 at bats.

In 1994, his last year with the Phillies, he hit .302 with five home runs and 38 RBI in 255 at bats.

Kruk, who most remember when he ducked after a Randy Johnson fastball in the All-Star game, was a real character who was never afraid to speak his mind. T10_john-kruk

God Bless you, John Kruk, you were a real champion.

 

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