Illustration by Andy Friedman
My name is … John Martin Kruk. I was named after my grandfather.
I grew up … mostly in West Virginia, in a tiny town.
These days, I live in … Naples, Florida. We sold our house in Mount Laurel eight years ago. I had never had a summer because of baseball and work, so we had to figure out a way to make winter into summer. Read more »
Tuesday night Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia hosted the 6th Annual Shining Star Awards benefiting the March of Dimes. The evening started off with a cocktail party with special guests Zachary “Zach” Pfeffer of the Philadelphia Union, former Phillie and current Phillies broadcaster Larry Andersen, Flyer Brayden Schenn, Eagle Cody Parkey, Sixer Richaun Holmes, the Phillie Phanatic and Sixers mascot Franklin all mingling with the guests as well as the young shining stars: Anna and Kate Quirus, John Dowling, Carter Powell, Isiah Toledo, and Hope Jacobus. Tina Sloan Green, co-founder of the Black Women in Sport Foundation, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in the community. The gala dinner, hosted by Ron Burke, has raised over $1.2 million for the March of Dimes in five years.
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Former Philadelphia mayor and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has been a post-game Eagles analyst on Comcast SportsNet for 17 years now. (Really!) But he never seemed as embarrassed as he did yesterday, after the Eagles lost 45-17 to the Buccaneers.
Everyone was kind of angry and embarrassed. Defensive coordinator Billy Davis said “the whole thing was awful.” Mark Sanchez and Darren Sproles argued on the field after a fourth-quarter pick-six. A Birds 24/7 headlined summed it up: “The Eagles’ Humiliating Defeat.”
But while everyone was angry, no one went as far as Rendell. He wore a plastic bag on his head when Eagles Post Game Live came on after the game, and kept it on through a segment. Read more »
Ben Davis will be the Phillies’ new color commentator, Comcast SportsNet announced today.
The Malvern Prep graduate was a major leaguer from 1998 to 2004 with the Padres, Mariners and White Sox. He played until 2010 in the minor leagues, and has been a pre- and post-game analyst on CSN for Phillies games for the last four years. He’s also a regular commentator on 94 WIP. Read more »
Last night, the Flyers played their first preseason game at the Wells Fargo Center against the Capitals. As CSN Philly put it, the Flyers’ 5-4 win over Washington at the WFC was “punctuated by continual fights and four power-play goals from the Flyers.”
But the highlight of the night was undoubtedly the trivia question asked during the broadcast on The Comcast Network. Gee, how will I ever figure out the answer to this question?
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Illustration by James Boyle
For the last few decades, I’ve counted myself among the, oh, 500 million or so Philadelphians who loathed Chris Wheeler’s broadcasting of Phillies games. Because, honestly, wasn’t there just so much to loathe? The droning. The whining. The tedious breakdown of why, on the road, with two outs and a runner on third and a left-handed Cuban refugee on the mound and your stepdaughter having missed her 11 p.m. curfew, you never want to throw the ball middle-in to a right-handed power hitter. If a guy talked like that while sitting next to you at the ballpark, you’d stick his nachos up his nose.
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Delaware County Times Phillies beat writer and adorable puppy owner Dennis Deitch is reporting the Phillies have settled on new announcers to replace Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews: Matt Stairs and Jamie Moyer.
The Phillies got rid of Wheeler and Matthews last month after signing a new, valuable TV deal with Comcast SportsNet. The decisions were reportedly made by CSN after acquiring more editorial control of the broadcast in the new contract.
Early indications named former Phillies Brad Lidge, Chris Coste and Ricky Bottalico as possibilities, but MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reported last week Stairs and Moyer were the favorites.
Moyer, 51, spent five years with the Phillies after coming over in a 2006 trade. He went 56-40 with a 4.55 ERA in his years with the club. He pitched 6 1/3 innings of 3-run ball in Game 3 of the 2008 World Series, which the Phillies won on Carlos Ruiz‘s single in the bottom of the ninth.
Stairs, 45, played two years with the Phillies, arriving in a trade on August 30 of 2008. He hit one of the most famous, most important home runs in Phillies history, a moonshot in Game 4 of the 2008 NLCS.
It’s unclear how the two ex-Phillies will split the announcing duties. Deitch writes the hirings became official this morning.