When you look at the 1993 Philadelphia Phillies team almost two decades later, John Kruk and Mitch Williams of all people seem to be the most visible in a positive light at a national level (Ruben Amaro Jr. and Larry Andersen are all over the place in the local scene, and Lenny Dykstra may be visible nationally but for all the wrong reasons). Kruker does his work for ESPN while Mitchy Poo gets busy on the MLB Network.
Who would have thought that of all the guys on that wacky roster, Kruk and Mitch would go on to successful post-playing careers in baseball?
Clearly Kruk's demeanor and jovial take on life has helped him become popular on Baseball Tonight. But it's not his analyst career that the Phillies plan to honor him for later this summer. [watch Kruk's hilarious presser below]
Kruk will be honored by the organization on Friday, August 12 by being added to the Phillies Wall of Fame out in Ashburn Alley. According to the team's press release, the Kruker is one of only six Phillies with a career OBP of .400 or higher.
We'll probably remember him best for his reaction to almost getting beaned in the head by a Randy Johnson fast ball.
Kruk spoke at Citizens Bank Park this afternoon prior to the team's series finale against the Florida Marlins, and he showed why fans love(d) him so much over the years by being gracious and incredibly humorous.
Performing artist Sevyn Streeter was scheduled to sing the national anthem Wednesday night before the Sixers' season opener but says she was replaced because of the jersey she was wearing.
Jemila Worthy, a member of the Sixers' dance team, sang the anthem instead.
Streeter says change was made because she was wearing a jersey with the words "We Matter" displayed on the front.
"I'm at the 76ers game to sing the national anthem," she said in a video on Twitter, "and the organization is telling me that I can't because I'm wearing a 'We Matter' jersey."
The Sixers responded with the following statement:
"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community."
In the Sixers' preseason finale against the Heat in Miami, Denasia Lawrence performed the anthem while wearing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt and kneeling on one knee (see story). She said she did it to protest racial oppression.
Streeter is the latest to use the national anthem as a stage to protest racism and social injustice. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the well-documented movement by refusing to stand during the anthem, and various other professional athletes have made their own statements.
In a protest planned by safety Malcolm Jenkins, a handful of Eagles raised their fists during the anthem before the team's Week 2 game against the Bears on Monday Night Football.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.