Wednesday, October 29, 2008

WV Spotlight: John Kruk

This guy's gotta be one of my all-time favorite baseball players. He was born in Handley, but he was raised in Keyser.

He started his career with the Padres, but went to the Phillies with Randy Ready in a lopsided trade for Chris James. (Any trade for Chris James can be considered lopsided, no matter who's in it.) He was an all-star in 1991, 1992, and 1993, but health problems and weight issues slowed him down over the years, and he retired in 1995 after playing 45 games for the White Sox.

Since his retirement, he's done commentary for Baseball Tonight, written a couple books, and even guested on an episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

I was gonna post a video of his ATHF appearance or him almost getting his head taken off by Randy Johnson in the '93 All-Star Game, but I can't find any. If any of you can find a link for one of these videos, post a link to it in the comments.


White Sox Cards said...

I just saw the John Kruk 93 All-Star game at-bat on a site somewhere recently, but I can't find it now. If I run across it, I post the link here.

Dinged Corners said...

We like John Kruk's commentary. He knows what he's talking about but doesn't come across as a know it all. Plus, great hair.

stusigpi said...

When I was in college out in Salem,WV, I caddies at the Pete Dye golf club. One day I was standing at the food stand about to turn to the back 9 when I turned around and sure enough kruk was standing there. I was so caught off guard that I didn't say anything to him. We weren't supposed to anyway, but I always liked kruk. Much shorter than I was expecting he also has/had a gut. I am 6'1 almost 2 and at the time I was 205lbs.