(Postseason Memories is a new feature that will appear here during the next few weeks. Phillies Alumni and broadcasters and perhaps others will offer personal insights into their postseason memories. Leading off is John Kruk, who will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Thursday afternoon).
“Krukker” (1989-94) was a first baseman who played in the postseason with the Phillies in 1993. He hit .250 in the NLCS and .348 in the World Series that fall. His big league career also included the Padres (1986-89) and White Sox (1995). Kruk, now 48, is an analyst of ESPN Baseball Tonight Show.
What is your favorite memory of October baseball as a child?
“Watching in 1977 Yankees/Dodgers World Series and Reggie Jackson hitting three home runs off of three different pitchers in Game 6. Three guys who played in that World Series became teammates when I was in San Diego, Goose Gossage, Graig Nettles and Steve Garvey.”
As a player, what was the biggest change between the regular season and postseason?
“The biggest change was the amount of media covering the game and realizing that we were the only two teams standing when we got to the World Series.”
What is your fondest personal postseason memory?
“My fondest personal memory was without question Mitch striking out Bill Pecota at Veterans Stadium to put us in the World Series. I had a great view standing at first base.”
Where were you when the Phillies won the World Series last October?
“I was on the set of Baseball Tonight getting ready to do a show at Citizen’s Bank Park and thinking about how excited my 6-year-old son (Kyle) was that his Phillies were the best team in the world.”
Both teams are working out this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies are at 1, the Rockies at 2:30. Workouts are not open to the public. Interview room today will feature each manager and each Game 1 starting pitcher, four separate sessions for the media.
Ruben and his staff, plus Charlie and his staff will also meet to further discuss the NLDS roster. It must be filed with MLB by 10 Wednesday morning. Scouts Del Unser, Jim Fregosi Sr., Gordon Lakey and Craig Colbert, who have been scouting the Rockies, will be part of another meeting. This crew then heads for the Yankees series.
Two Phillies Alumni will throw out the first ball on Wednesday, Geoff Jenkins and Dick Allen . . . In answer to an inquiry, MLB has decided to cancel the Rally Monday events that have been held right after the season the last few years . . . Questions about game times have also arisen. Game times are decided by MLB and TBS. Having two teams on the west coast helped complicate the scheduling . . . Sad news. Barry Lersch, 65, who pitched for the Phillies from 1969-73, died of a massive heart attack in his Englewood, CO, home two days ago. He was looking forward to seeing a game in Denver this weekend, according to his wife, Linda.
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