August 21, 2016 |
I find our basement's clutter oddly reassuring, rows of boxes loaded with relics that in most cases are the only tangible connections to a past in which I too often and too happily dwell. My wife appreciates the memories, though not the clutter. She's asked me to do the impossible, to discard a little each week. Considering this cardboard jungle, one family's sprawling, messy archive, I know it won't be easy. But determined to keep the peace, while also keeping as much of the past as I can, I agree to go through what T.S. Eliot called "these fragments . . . shored against my ruins.
March 7, 2015 |
TAMPA, Fla. - Larry Bowa tapped his knuckles on the wooden bench in the visitors' dugout at Steinbrenner Field Wednesday morning before answering the question. "For some reason," he said, "I've never had arm problems. I always threw. I remember throwing in Little League with my dad who was an excellent baseball player. The one thing we did every day was throw the baseball. " Bowa, at 69, is still throwing it. In fact, you will not find an older man in baseball still throwing batting practice.
July 18, 2014 |
CHARLIE MANUEL, one of two men to manage the Phillies to a World Series championship, will be inducted onto the team's Wall of Fame during Alumni Weekend. Manuel will be honored on Aug. 9, before the Phillies-Mets game. Manuel managed the Phillies from 2005 to '13. He won five NL East Division titles and led the 2008 Phillies to the World Series title, the team's first since 1980. Manuel and the Phillies returned to the World Series in 2009, when they lost to the Yankees. In 9 years as Philies manager, Manuel was 780-636, for a .551 percentage.
July 9, 2014 |
THE OLD SAYING goes: "If you snooze, you lose. " Unless you're 26-year-old Andrew Rector. His motto is: "If you snooze, you get to sue for $10 million. " Rector was caught napping by ESPN cameras during a Yankees-Red Sox "Sunday Night Baseball" game on April 13. He is suing announcers John Kruk and Dan Shulman and ESPN, MLB and the Yankees for defamation. Rector is represented by Valentine Okwara, of Jamaica, N.Y. Smoking Gun obtained a copy of the lawsuit, which was filed in Bronx Supreme Court.
June 18, 2014 |
Some days leave an imprint so deep they can never be forgotten. Thirty minutes alone in the home dugout at Jack Murphy Stadium with Tony Gwynn Sr. qualifies as one of those days. As approachable as your best friend, Gwynn agreed on an April day in 1992 to do an interview about John Kruk. The two men shared a body type that defied their elite athleticism and each had the ability to hit laserlike line drives with a baseball bat. They had entered the professional ranks together in 1981 in Walla Walla, Wash., site of the San Diego Padres' single-A affiliate in the Northwestern League.
February 7, 2014 |
Curt Schilling, one of the Phillies' all-time greatest pitchers and a current ESPN analyst, revealed Wednesday that he has cancer. "I've always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges," Schilling said in a statement released by ESPN. "We've been presented with another challenge, as I've recently been diagnosed with cancer. " Schilling did not disclose the specific nature of his illness. The network was unclear about whether Schilling, 47, will assume his duties this season as an analyst for ESPN's Sunday night telecasts.
April 22, 2013 |
It has been 20 years since Daulton, Dykstra, Kruk, Hollins, Mitchy-Poo, and Schilling captivated the city with an improbable worst-to-first run that did not end until Toronto's Joe Carter launched a World Series-ending home run into the left-field seats at the SkyDome. Throughout this season, The Inquirer will profile one of the cast of characters from that unforgettable 1993 team. This week's profile: John Kruk. Age: 52 Last game: July 30, 1995, with the Chicago White Sox. Current job: Baseball analyst at ESPN.
October 17, 2012 |
It's wait till next year for the Phillies - and not just for team. A building-size mural featuring its greatest players was originally expected to be unveiled over the summer, but don't expect to see it as you're driving the Schuylkill Expressway before spring. Where is clear: the west side of a building at 24th and Walnut Streets, just south of the Walnut Street Bridge. Who was finalized in January, when fans voted for Carlos Ruiz and Greg Luzinski to join an array of other players and coaches - as well as broadcasters, three stadiums and the Phanatic - around gigantic likenesses of sluggers Mike Schmidt and Ryan Howard.
January 6, 2012 |
Fans have selected the final two players for a giant Phillies mural in Center City: Chooch and the Bull. Current catcher Carlos Ruiz and former outfielder Greg Luzinski, that is. After about 10,000 fan votes for the final spot, they were so close both were selected, according to the club. Their likenesses have already been added to a mock-up of the colorful design that, sometime this summer, will cover eight stories of a building at 24th and Walnut Streets. Facing the Schuylkill, the mural, created by artist David McShane, will easily be seen from cars on the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76)
August 26, 2011
O BSERVATIONS, insinuations, ruminations and unvarnished opinions . . . John Kruk was a relatively little guy - 5-10, 170 - when he was drafted twice In the third round in 1981, first in the defunct January special phase by the Pirates, then in the defunct June secondary phase by the Padres. He signed with the Padres. Even when he was point-guard size - and, yes, Krukker was a slick point guard at Keyser HS in West Virginia. I used to know a guy who was a Kruk teammate and he said John was Division I material.