One of the few bright spots to the Phillies pretty awful start to the 2017 season is the addition of John Kruk to the game telecasts.
Kruk, not surprisingly, calls it like he sees it. He's just generally fun to listen to. And with the Phillies doing their share of losing, he sees plenty of negatives and doesn't feel the need to sugar coat.
One of the other benefits of having Kruk around is his new podcast -- dubbed the Krukcast.
In his debut episode, Kruk talked about the 1993 Phillies that won the National League and went on to fall short to Joe Carter and the Toronto Blue Jays in the World Series. There's also a fun story about the guy who gave up that blast, Mitchie Poo himself.
In talking about that squad being a selfless team, Kruk says Darren Daulton demanded it. That's when Kruk tells a fun tale.
"There was an incident, it's been documented, with Mitch Williams our closer," Kruk began. "Terry Mulholland pitched the gem of a complete game, which Terry had a knack to do. When he started it, he wanted to finish it. Mitch came in and he was upset. He yelled at Jimmy Fregosi for not bringing him in, 'If I'm you're closer you gotta put me in that game.' Darren took Mitch to the back room and said, 'Look, that's not what we're about and if that ever happens again I'll rip your arm off and you'll never pitch again.'"
"We understood that Darren didn't have meetings but when he said something we listened and we took it to heart because Jimmy Fregosi demanded that of Darren and then Darren in return demanded that of us."
"You can't find a better leader in baseball. When he got traded to the Florida Marlins in 1997, Jim Leyland was their manager and he said they wouldn't have won without Darren."
You can listen to the whole episode with Kruk below.
Moving to a new city can be overwhelming. Markelle Fultz already has taken care of one key aspect of living in Philadelphia.
Fultz stamped off on Larry’s Steaks as his favorite. The Maryland native had visited Philadelphia many times before being drafted by the Sixers and had done his own scouting.
So it wasn’t a question of where he gets his cheesesteaks, but how he orders them.
“Actually, I do it a different way,” Fultz said. “I usually get chicken and steak. I just get lettuce and a little bit of onions. Just a basic Philly cheesesteak.”
Fultz also credited his mother for her cheesesteak savvy.
“I’ll be stealing like half of hers,” he said.
The Sixers provided Larry’s Steaks cheesesteaks to the media following Fultz’s introductory press conference.
It's a tradition unlike any other.
After a player gets drafted, he gains thousands of new fans and new followers on social media, many of whom decide to go back in time to learn a little more. Oftentimes, these hunts through Twitter history unearth a few posts that probably should have never happened or have been deleted a long time ago.
Enter Flyers draft pick Morgan Frost.
The Flyers traded with the St. Louis Blues to select the 18-year-old Frost with the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft on Friday night and immediately, this Tweet surfaced — which has now been deleted.
Life comes at you fast, Morgan.
On that night, the Flyers lost to the Washington Capitals, 7-0, in a game that included a late melee in which Brayden Schenn, involved in this trade, received a game misconduct and goalie Ray Emery traded barbs with Braden Holtby.
In another Tweet, Frost was critical of the move the Flyers made to sign Vinny Lecavalier.
Born in Barrie, Ontario, Frost can root for any team he wants growing up and fans should probably give him some slack on these tweets surfacing, but a message to everyone on the night before you're going to get drafted: go through your feed and delete anything that could find its way onto this blog.