Emotional Weekend for the Phillies Begins Tonight
Tonight we'll see John Kruk, part of that memorable 1993 Phillies team, be inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame. Kruk was a throwback kind of baseball player and was one of the best personalities from that 93 bunch that shocked the Braves and the baseball world to win the NL Pennant. The Kruker was one of the better hitters during his time constantly hitting around .300. While he wasn't a big power hitter, or drove in a lot of runs, he was very underrated when he played. Maybe the most memorable moment of his career was the 1994 when Kruk was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer in training camp but made the effort to be there on opening day to celebrate the Phillies NL Pennant. No one expected Kruk, in his first at bat, to rip one into the right center field gap for a double. Kruk will always be a fan favorite of Phillies fans and expect a loud ovation for him tonight at CBP.
On Sunday you won't find a dry eye in the house as the Phillies will unveil the statue made for long time broadcaster Harry Kalas. Harry, as you all know passed away in 2009 before a game with the Washington Nationals. Harry was the voice of the Phillies since the Vet opened back in 1971 and he provided such memorable calls that we'll remember forever. If you ask me, this statue is long overdue, but it's great that it's finally going up. You can only imagine how much Harry would have loved this Phillies team. Harry was a great person, and he truly loved the game and bonded with the players. You hear the stories and then you see that classic clip of him singing "High Hopes" after the 93 NLCS in the locker room with the players. He wasn't just a broadcaster, he was part of the Phillies family, he was the voice of our Summer, he was Harry the K.
This should be a great weekend at the ballpark and the people who have tickets for either today or Sunday, lucky, lucky people you are. So tonight Phils fans, enjoy the ceremony and hopefully the Phils can pull out a win tonight and get Cole Hamels win number 14. LET'S GO PHILS!