Originally Posted by k19
Topping that list is former reliever Mitch ``Wild Thing'' Williams, who upon being traded to the Phillies in 1991, bought No. 28 from John Kruk for two cases of beer.
``I knew it would be beer or Ding Dongs,'' Williams said. ``I just didn't know which.''
What Kruk didn't know at the time was how much bargaining power he had. Williams' wife already owned some very expensive jewelry with ``28'' as the centerpiece, souvenirs from her husband's last stop in Chicago. Even so, Kruk recalled a few years later, he got the better of the deal.
``The best part about it,'' Kruk said, ``is that Mitch got divorced, he wears No. 99 and the two cases of beer are gone.''
Kruk told that story on Letterman and I was laughing so hard I got the hiccups.
Letterman also asked him about Albert Belle playing with a corked bat. He asked if he had ever played with one, he said, "well, I've fondled one."
The best Kruk story was after he had to have a testical removed due to cancer. He reported to practice with a t-shirt that said, "If you don't like the way I play, I'll take my ball and go home."
Kruk is a classic.