Sunday, August 14, 2011

Phillies Wall of Fame

The Phillies have what they call a Wall of Fame.   Its pretty much exactly what it sounds like.   Its their own little hall of fame, but its just on a wall.   Each year, there is a group of like 15 former players and managers that fans vote on, and that narrows it down to 5, and then there is a committee or something that selects the final choice.

This year John Kruk was voted in.   He definitely isn't a Hall of Famer, but he definitely deserves his place on the Phillies Wall of Fame.   He was a big part of our run to the World Series in 1993, and he was loved in Philly, and still is.   Whenever there is a Sunday night ESPN game in Philly, the crowd around the ESPN set is there mostly to cheer on Kruk - he is just a total Philly guy (although he is really from West Virginia).  

Anyways, I loved his induction speech.  He kept everything short and sweet, no awkwardness like Dutch (Darren Daulten) provided, and then he ended it perfectly for us Philly fans - and its just so true. 

"You hear players, media people, say that it's tough to play in Philly in front of these fans. To those people, I say: 'You didn't have the guts to succeed here,' "
It really is so true, and its so nice to hear a ballplayer put it in those terms!   I wonder what the current Phillies were thinking, and I wonder what those players who have refused to play for the Phillies were thinking when he said that.  

Anyways, google the speech if you want to hear/see the whole thing.   If you watch it, you can watch some more awkwardness from Dutch where he went in to give Kruk a big ole man kiss, maybe he thought that would protect him from the aliens who were gonna take him away after the induction (if you aren't a Phillies fan, you probably won't get the joke.   And if you are and still don't get the joke, then I hate to break it to you, but you would be what real Phillies fans call bandwagoners.

Any thoughts on who will be inducted over the next 5 years?   A co-worker and I were talking about this - and you know there is still Schilling, probably Mitchy Poo, but then you got a bunch of 93 players who were fan favorites, but aren't necessarily wall-worthy (Eisenrich, Inky), and you also have Mike Lieberthal who will probably get in, Scott Rolen who will have trouble getting through the fan vote (which is really stupid).   And past those guys, we don't really have anyone left to last until we get through our current crop - of which many will be shoe-ins once eligible.

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