During this time of social distancing, we’re checking in with those in the Philly sports world to see How They’re Keeping Busy. Up next, Phillies Wall of Famer John Kruk.
How much are you going to miss the regular start of the MLB season?
John Kruk: It stinks. It stinks for everyone involved. But you understand why they’re delaying the start of the season. I get it. Of course you wish everything was normal and the baseball season could get underway and play all 162 games. It’s going to be interesting to see what MLB, the commissioner, and the Players Union come up with if this goes on for quite a while.
What are you doing to keep busy during these strange times without live sports?
Kruk: Spending a lot of time out here in the back yard with my kids. Going out in the street and playing volleyball with my daughter, shooting baskets with my son. We’ve also been swimming a lot.
How are you getting your sports fill?
Kruk: Not much sports lately, honestly. I watch a lot of my taped shows. We watch Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy every single night. During the day, I’m trying to find things to do around the house. I’m getting ready to pressure wash the outside furniture. I cleaned the garage. I cleaned my closet. Trying to find things to do around here.
Tip(s) for everyone stuck at home who may be stressed?
Kruk: I hope you have kids that are active. If I didn’t have kids who were active, I don’t know what the heck I would do. I’m running out of things to clean, thank goodness.
Is there specific content you’d recommend to others? Anything you’re binging/reading/listening to?
Kruk: Wrestling, of course, on Mondays and Fridays. I really like Braun Strowman a lot, Roman Reigns, and Randy Orton. Those are probably my three guys right now. My favorite show is probably Swamp People on the History Channel. I love that show. I also like Wicked Tuna on National Geographic. Two and a Half Men for laughs. Other than that, not a whole lot.
Is there a local business or charity you’re supporting during these tough times?
Kruk: Me and a friend of mine opened up some cheesesteak places here in the Naples, Florida area. Right now we’re on delivery and takeout only. We’ve decided we’re going to keep paying all of our employees so they still have money coming in even though they may not be working very much. So that’s one thing we’re doing to help our employees out.