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??
Chase Utley has always had a flair for the dramatic.
And not just with his bat or hustle, but also with his glove.
Who can forget this clutch, heads-up play?
At 38 years old, Utley still throws around his body like he's 24 and in his rookie season. The former Phillie showed his signature full-out extension in a huge moment Wednesday night.
Pitching in the eighth inning against the Pirates, Dodgers starter Rich Hill had not allowed a runner to reach base. That looked like it was going to change when Josh Bell laced a liner destined to drop in right field. Utley then stunned everyone at PNC Park by preserving the perfect game bid with a jaw-dropping diving catch.
Jeffrey Clayton Riegel was a wonderful husband, uncle, brother, and son. He was also a Philadelphia Eagles fan with a pretty good sense of humor.
At least according to his obituary.
Mr. Riegel died on Aug. 18, 2017, at 56 but it appears he had enough time to have some fun on his way out.
His obituary reads relatively standard on the Wimberg Funeral Home website, naming all of the family he leaves behind as well as mentioning some of his favorite greetings for different people and some of his nicknames — some people called him "Toad."