Video: John Kruk's Phillies Wall of Fame Speech

Video: John Kruk's Phillies Wall of Fame Speech

Phillies fans were going wild at Citizens Bank Park on Friday on a beautiful night for baseball in South Philadelphia. And that was long before the first pitch was even thrown. Legendary mullet-rocker, chew-spitter, and sweet-swinging Phillies first baseman John Kruk was inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame prior to the game.

Kruk was greeted to tremendous applause, mostly because he absolutely knows how to relate to Philadelphia fans, but also how to stroke our egos just a bit.

After his 1993 teammate Dutch Daulton gave a somewhat awkward speech about how the two players both enjoyed a few cocktails the first night they met in spring training down in Florida -- separately, I might add -- and then woke up at 6:00 am the next day, Kruk took to the podium on the pitcher's mound at CBP and thanked Phillies fans for an amazing ride.

Kruk started out, quite sincerely it appeared, by telling Philadelphia simply that "this is the greatest place I've ever been."

We won't spoil the whole thing for you in case you haven't seen it yet, but he finished by commenting on players who complained about the attitude of the always cordial Philly fans.

"You hear players, media people, say that it's tough to play in Philly in front of these fans, to those people I say: you didn't have the guts to succeed here!," Kruk said to raucous applause.

What was your favorite line from Kruk's speech? Or do you not have enough brain cells to answer?

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake


SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.