March 24, 1987 |
The first thing he can remember swinging at was a pair of rolled-up socks, and hitting them with a broomstick was as challenging--in its own way--as facing Fernando Valenzuela. Later, when living in New Jersey, he advanced to stickball. Then it was on to swatting Styrofoam balls in the garage and finally backyard Wiffle Ball, using a couple of lawn chairs to mark the strike zone. John Kruk of the Padres is still learning about hitting.
April 28, 1992 |
Padre fans used to torment the outfielder, booing him on the field during the game, and breaking into his car at night. They once slashed the convertible top on his car while parked at San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium, and openly cheered when he was traded away. They never even saw the third baseman. He was in the minor leagues during his three-year stay, never advancing past double-A Wichita, and the fans shrugged their shoulders when he was left unprotected in the 1989 winter draft.
July 12, 1992 |
OK, just because Krukker rhymes with supper. . . . Just because John Kruk believes the off-season is just that, the off -season, the time for daily Sonnyburgers with cheese sticks, fries (gravy and ketchup, please) and a cold beer at the down-home Hamburger Haven restaurant and lounge in McComb, Md., just across the Potomac River from his farmhouse in Burlington, W. Va. . . .
February 12, 1992 |
Len Dykstra of the Philadelphia Phillies was placed in a first-offenders program for his drunk-driving arrest in May of 1991. Dykstra smashed his new sports car into three trees early on the morning of May 6 while driving home with Phillie catcher Darren Daulton from a bachelor party for teammate John Kruk.
July 18, 1992
You sportswriters make me mad. You may be writing a story about some other player, but you just have to drag Benito Santiago into it. Leave the man alone. You call him the man the fans love to hate, those fans are just a few clunks who don't know a good player when they see one. So he asked for a trade. So what? Bruce Hurst did the same, so did a lot of others. It's you sportswriters who make the so-called fans boo with all the junk you write. You even tried to make trouble because Benny did not have a picture of John Kruk on his locker.