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??
Kruk on his return: