One of the few bright spots to the Phillies pretty awful start to the 2017 season is the addition of John Kruk to the game telecasts.
Kruk, not surprisingly, calls it like he sees it. He's just generally fun to listen to. And with the Phillies doing their share of losing, he sees plenty of negatives and doesn't feel the need to sugar coat.
One of the other benefits of having Kruk around is his new podcast -- dubbed the Krukcast.
In his debut episode, Kruk talked about the 1993 Phillies that won the National League and went on to fall short to Joe Carter and the Toronto Blue Jays in the World Series. There's also a fun story about the guy who gave up that blast, Mitchie Poo himself.
In talking about that squad being a selfless team, Kruk says Darren Daulton demanded it. That's when Kruk tells a fun tale.
"There was an incident, it's been documented, with Mitch Williams our closer," Kruk began. "Terry Mulholland pitched the gem of a complete game, which Terry had a knack to do. When he started it, he wanted to finish it. Mitch came in and he was upset. He yelled at Jimmy Fregosi for not bringing him in, 'If I'm you're closer you gotta put me in that game.' Darren took Mitch to the back room and said, 'Look, that's not what we're about and if that ever happens again I'll rip your arm off and you'll never pitch again.'"
"We understood that Darren didn't have meetings but when he said something we listened and we took it to heart because Jimmy Fregosi demanded that of Darren and then Darren in return demanded that of us."
"You can't find a better leader in baseball. When he got traded to the Florida Marlins in 1997, Jim Leyland was their manager and he said they wouldn't have won without Darren."
You can listen to the whole episode with Kruk below.