John Kruk hated all of the meetings at ESPN

John Kruk hated all of the meetings at ESPN

The Philadelphia region and its baseball fans were treated to a breath of fresh air -- and plenty of humor -- as John Kruk was officially announced as a new member of the Phillies broadcast team in a press conference at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday.

If his in-game analysis is anything like his introductory presser today, Philly fans are in for some color. And plenty of laughs.

Kruk spoke about the return not exactly being a home coming of sorts, because once you're a Phillie you're always a Phillie, but said working with the broadcast crew will be new to him.

In contrasting the new local gig with his previous role in a national capacity at ESPN, Kruk echoed how most people feel about work: meetings are the worst.

It was a question about the difference between the national and local roles that sparked the response below.

"If I say this I'm going to get in trouble, but I'll say it anyway," Kruk said. "Me? I'm not big on meetings. We had a lot of them up there [at ESPN]. A whole bunch. Incessant phone calls. I didn't answer most. Pretty rude when somebody's hitting to answer your phone when you're playing golf."

"The phone calls weren't that bad," he later says. "It was having to listen to them that was painful."

Dude's got jokes!

Kruker also says he's particularly bad at finding his way around a stadium, something he'll have to work on traveling to many more games with the Phillies.

"I really suck at that. I mean, it's terrible."

Give the guy a little slack. It's rude to take phone calls on the golf course, okay??

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Kruk on his return:

 

Watch: Fan lays out for incredible catch at Phillies-Rockies game

Watch: Fan lays out for incredible catch at Phillies-Rockies game

If you missed Monday night's Phillies game, you didn't miss a whole lot. The Phillies put up just three hits and lost, 8-1, to the Rockies at Citizens Bank Park.

However, there was one heck of a catch, and it came in the stands.

This fan went all out for an incredible one-handed grab in the bottom of the sixth inning. The snag, one of the better ones you'll see in the crowd this season, elicited a nice applause from the fans and a shoutout from Phillies broadcasters Tom McCarthy and John Kruk.

"Did he go over the top of the girl next to him?" McCarthy asked, impressed by the play.

"I think he was trying save her," Kruk said. "Let's go with chivalry, he was trying to save her."

Hat tip to this guy for making the catch of the night, which you can watch right here.

N.J. high school baseball player performs big-league worthy bat flip

N.J. high school baseball player performs big-league worthy bat flip

With all the bat flips going on in Major League Baseball by the likes of Odubel Herrera and Jose Bautista, it's a good bet that kids watching the game are taking notice.

Gloucester Catholic High School's Chris Turco has apparently seen the celebration.

In a game on Sunday, Turco launched the ball high above the wall in left field. However, he may have launched the bat even higher.

Look at this ridiculous bat flip.

According to Kevin Minnick of South Jersey Sports Digest, both of the next hitters were plunked and Turco's team lost.

Despite that, Turco is giving the pros a run for their money in the bat flip department.