Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Mike Krukow Makes Fun of Padres Pitcher Using Safety Cap on KNBR Morning Show

 See this guy?  He was the subject of a dumbass comment from Giants and KNBR house commentator, Mike Krukow.



Listen to this dumbass Krukow on Wednesday's "Murph and Mac" show beginning at 08: 30 after. Mind-boggling.




Alex Torres, who pitches for the San Diego Padres, saw his teammate take a line drive off the head a year ago in Tampa. It scared the bejesus out of him. He decided to wear the MLB-approved safety hat. It may look goofy but it could also save a life.


Too bad Krukow didn't get the memo:


"I don't care if I had 6 or 7 concussions, I wouldn't wear it," said Krukow. (cackling in background).


Dumbass.









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77 comments:

  1. He might have come off as insensitive, but he's not wrong.

    That guy looked like a human bobblehead out there on the mound.

    Good on him for wearing it, but it's ridiculous to expect other pitchers to follow suit until they improve on the design so it looks less... huge.

    And it's ridiculous to expect people not to laugh. Come on! Look at it!

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    1. I'd think all SF fans would like the look........its the same look when Kaepernick wears a ball cap.

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    2. Krukow is a dummy, Nominated for Frick Hof award? This homer? Ridiculous. Bill King deserves it for many years now. Krukow sounds like he got hit in the head many times.

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  2. Once again you're just trying to stir up shit on a slow news day. You need a better hobby.

    He didn't make fun of Torres. He complimented him for being ballsy enough to wear something so ugly. And it is ugly! He was wishing they could do something to make it look better.

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  3. Krukow is the single worst local baseball broadcaster in America, even worse than the White Sox' Ken Harrelson...would Krukow make similar comments if the pitcher was wearing a Giants uniform? Of course not....

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    1. You are so right 10:27. During the White Sox series in Chicago, Krukow said he was fond of Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone, but they were homers. Isn't that the pot calling the kettle black. Krukow is the biggest homer we have ever
      had in Bay Area professional sports announcing. He's a true shill for Larry Baer.

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    2. Anyone who says Krukow is the biggest homer of all time in Bay Area sportscasting has clearly forgotten the immortal Monte Moore. Not only was he a blatant homer (and much worse than Krukow), he allegedly was Charles Finley's clubhouse spy when Finley still owned the team.

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    3. Krukow is a POS homer - easily the worst broadcaster in America - but the original poster was correct. Monte Moore was worse. The best day in Oakland A's history was the day that Monte Moore left the team. Is he dead yet?

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    4. Krukow is a piece of crap. Maybe if he got hit in the head with a ball, it would knock some sense into him

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  4. *Insert one of Kruk's 100 catchphrases to make the Giants sheeple think its cool to follow the team here*

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    1. Kruk is a first class phony. I was watching on TV when Scott Cousins ran into Posey. Krukow said it was a clean, hard play. Next day, when the injury to Buster was determined, he totally did an about face. I guess Baer or Sabean made a call. Former Giant catcher, Steve Decker was in Fresno at the time and had worked with Posey. Decker told folks in the Grizzlie organization that Buster was out of position. Yet, the "entitled" Giants whined about changing the rules and Sabean went on KNBR and blasted Cousins, who then received some death threats! Pathetic behavior on the Giants' part.

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  5. To address the last comment, you're wrong. Krukow is the MEAT of arguably the best broadcast teams across mediums. And his comments were based on his experience as a major leaguer and a guy who's always been around the game. It's likely the prevailing opinion too, as the rate of the type of injury this protects from is quite low. He complemented him for using it as it's an extra safe thing to do, but I think his argument can resonabley be explained as saying that that ugly cap is unlikely to become the cap of choice in the league.

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    1. Krukow plays down to his audience with his cheesy, ya gotta love baseball persona. He's a bore to anyone with a 3 digit IQ.

      Tired of his adoration of "gamer babes", which seems slightly creepy, and his lame comments about fans in the stands..

      Also, unlike the other announcers, he's a little too preachy. Just beneath the surface lurks an uptight, unpleasant guy.

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    2. I agree. I think his catchphrases, like "squaaaaaaaaaat" and "MEAT", are annoying and I try to tune him out as much as possible. Time to squaaaaaaaaat on the bench, retire, and grab some pine, MEAT.

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    3. Also agree, Krukow's act is getting old. He's not nearly as clever as he seems to think he is.

      What really drives me up a wall is his repetitive... [Giant's] pitcher has a base to work with, he doesn't have to give in to the batter.

      Invariably the pitcher does walk the batter and it eventually backfires.

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    4. In Cincinnati, Krukow was amazed there were not more people in the stands wearing gloves. That's because they're true fans in Cincy -- not some 50 year old lemming that brings a glove to a game because some horseshit announcer says it's a good idea

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  6. Rich,
    Who's doing Sussman's Show now?
    There are no podcasts since last week of he and Katy.
    Are they on vacation...or....I hope....GONE!
    Their program is the most infantile program I've had ever heard on radio!

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    1. He's well known in California, has worked in the business for a number of years. He's originally from Los Angeles and I'm thinking he'll land something down that way. I don't think he's been happy up here for a very long time.

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  7. Maybe Krukow should get hit by six or seven line drives in the head before opening his big mouth.

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  8. Baseball "fashion" is interesting.

    Remember those gaudy, elastic belted, pajama looking unis in the '70s?! They sure looked "modern" and cool at the time. Or when a player looked like a dork when he had his pants pulled down to his ankles, or had no fold in his cap (common, "cool" looks today). The catchers or first baseman (Wes Parker, George Scott, John Olerud) who, to some, looked like silly cowards because they wore helmets on defense? Same with those "Little League" looking ear flaps on the batting helmet, and base coaches wearing helmets.

    Those wussy looking catchers, wise hitters, and base coaches sure looked strange at one time, as did the NHL players who wore helmets. But could you imagine the leagues/players regressing back to the old, less safe practices today? I hope that protective hat becomes yet another trend in the game; a "normal" looking article that could save a career, or even a life.

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    1. True, a first base coach was killed by a line drive a few years ago. That's why the first and third base coaches now have to wear helmets.

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  9. Does anyone expect any better from this lush? He was a .500 pitcher in the bigs and he thinks he knows everything. Amazing his drunk stupid ass can get across the street from stadium to his condo.

    Assclown!

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    1. I have long suspected that he does have a problem with alcohol. When you hear him on a program such as the hot stove league segment during the winter he is always talking about either the scotch he is drinking, or the wine he is drinking, etc. Even during broadcasts he frequently talks about where they are going to head after the game or on an off day.

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  10. I'm a lonnnng-time Giants fan. Hank Greenwald was by far their best announcer. Kruk and Kuip *** used to be passable, and actually pretty good ***. But lately - like right now, as I listen to / watch the San Diego game - Krukow seems to barely be awake, and it's all he can do to get the play called (yes - I know we're supposed to be watching....still). Kuiper **RARELY** gives the score, whether he's on TV or radio. They come across as just lazy and sloppy, and not very interested in what they're doing. I think Fleming is excellent, and Miller is fading fast.

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    1. No. Hank Greenwald was too predictable.

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  11. "Tired of his adoration of "gamer babes", which seems slightly creepy..."

    Not to mention inappropriate for a married man with kids. This and his ad nauseum use of the term "big leagues" have worn thin.

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  12. **Correction to my 2:20 post-"ad nauseam"

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  13. "cackling in background"
    You mean the Giants yes men? aka Murph and Mac.

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  14. Those helmets make the pitcher look sort of like they have a mushroom perched on their head, but he should be congratulated for being smart enough to wear one. I think it would probably be a little better looking if they just wore the plastic helmet and didn't try to fit a cap over it.

    Krukow should recant the comments (he made one again this afternoon during the game, btw).

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  15. All these sports safety equipment have faced resistance if you look through history: hockey masks, batting helmets, football face guards. It's just par for the course from players.

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  16. Yeah, Kruk and Kuik are terrible...or they're they best in the game as ranked by awfulannouncing.com.

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    1. Both are lazy and unprofessional. On Monday night, Despaigne Odrisamer made his Major League debut for the Padres and totally befuddled the Giants.
      Tough name to pronounce? Sure, but that's their job. They butchered that name the entire game and the first time Kruk got it right was after he heard Fleming announce it properly during the post game. Hey MEAT, talk to an SD broadcaster, or go to the press level and ask Maria. SHE is a pro.

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  17. Krukow is a clown. He was a clown as a player and even though he made the bigs, he was a mediocre pitcher at best. He plays his role as the "queer for the orange and black" jester very well. Kuiper has some skills, but the Giants want him to be a homer too. He hasn't been down the path long enough to merit consideration for the Baseball Hall of Fame last year. It was yet another publicity stunt by the Giants to keep them in the headlines and to have their homer fans suck up some more. Nauseating.

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  18. Glad there's someone else who thinks Krukow is annoying. Never have understood the whole excitement about Kruk, Kuip and Miller.

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  19. The guy is consistently ranked as one of baseball's too announcers, also makes $1 million per year, suck it haters!

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    1. "The guy is consistently ranked as one of baseball's too announcers"

      Really, by who?

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    2. He typed.this wearing his panda hat. Sheeple fan.

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    3. http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-mlb-local-tv-announcer-rankings.html/6

      http://www.tigerdroppings.com/rant/p/36316041/Wall-Street-Journal-ranks-the-most-biased-announcers-in-baseball.aspx

      http://www.gq.com/sports/lists/201007/five-best-worst-mlb-broadcast-booths#slide=10

      Google is your friend.

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    4. Should read: The guy is consistently rank.

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  20. Krukow is the Giants' version of the Warriors' Jim Barnett or Drew Rememda, before front office boss John Torterella fired Remenda last week. (by the way, WHAT A STUPID, STUPID MOVE!)

    Krukow works for the ballclub, used to play for the Giants and admits that he "bleeds orange and black." But if you listen to what he has to say about the game of baseball, you may learn a few things. He actually not only understands what is going on, but explains it to you in a colorful and enthusiastic way. Is he a homer? Absolutely...but the difference between him and a guy like the late, great Ron Santo is that he doesn't scream: "OH NO!!!!! NO!!!" as Santo did when the Cubs made a big mistake on the field.

    Krukow was a very good pitcher, certainly not a great one, but for a number of years, a very good one. He had heart and put everything he had into the game. You might remember he won 20 games (winning the last game on the last day of the regular season) in 1986 to help spark a Giants' team that lost 100 games the year before, and the Giants challenged for the NL West that year. The next season wasn't nearly as successful for 'Kruk,' but he he did have one great moment, pitching a brilliant complete game in a 4-2 win over the Cardinals in an emotional game four of the NLCS at Candlestick. He was also a member of the 1989 Pennant Winning Giants.

    I interviewed the guy many times after games in the 1980s when he was a player have a favorite 'Krukow moment' from those interviews I'll tell you about:

    When I did an interview with him in the clubhouse after another tough loss during that awful 1985 season, I asked him:

    "A lot of fans or people who have been watching this game might be saying that "The Giants have given up on this season and are just going through the motions." How does that make you feel when you hear that?

    Krukow paused for a moment, and I could tell that he was doing what we call a 'slow burn.' Then went into a long 2 minute explanation which I will quote the highlights from:

    "We have the WORST RECORD IN BASEBALL...THE WORST RECORD! But there is a lot of pride on this team. Guys are going out there every day and trying to bust their asses do something to help this team out. So to say that that comment upsets me is an understatement, it really FROSTS MY ASS!"

    Krukow then went on to make another blunt remark that included an infamous expression we all hear all too frequently these days, but I really can't blame him. This was a passionate baseball player who loved competing, loved playing, and loved winning. I probably shouldn't have asked him such a 'stupid question,' but he gave me a thoughtful, passionate, and strong answer, and I sent it back to the radio station I was working for at the time, and they cut out the profane comment. It got a lot of play as I remember on a couple of radio networks, but it didn't and shouldn't have, gotten Krukow into any hot water.

    Yes, nowadays Krukow can get a little silly sometimes in the booth, but it's all in fun and it's baseball for crying out loud! The guy is also one of the nicest people I've ever met in the game. The Giants, their fans, and the rest of the local media know how lucky we are to have this gem of a guy around. He truly loves the game of baseball, much like Jim Barnett loves basketball and Drew Remenda loves hockey.

    I'd rather have a 'homer' like Krukow giving us the commentary, than some schmoe who is a cynic or some announcer who sounds like so many of the other interchangable 'clones' you unfortunately hear on the radio and TV these days! Spend some time listening to some of the calls on the internet from baseball announcers in other parts of the country, and then you might have something to complain about!

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    1. Thanks for chiming in Kruk

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    2. Can't speak for Remenda, but Jim Barnett is totally objective. Kruk is not.

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    3. Thank you, @9:43 for a little reality. Most people on here sound like middle schoolers at a birthday party talking sports. I played high school, college and am a fairly well versed fan. Some people on here are living in a different world than me when it comes to sports. Thanks again for the sanity check.

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    4. @7:02, I know a great deal about sports, am not a middle school-er, and dislike Krukow for many of the reasons stated above.

      If you like the guy, fine, certainly your prerogative. I find his so tiresome and annoying that I turn down the volume on my television when he's doing the game.

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    5. Your opinion of him as a sportcaster is okay with me. He is a bit of a homer. What I was referring to more was the people writing he was a mediocre pitcher. Anyone who pitched as long as he did was not mediocre and even a .500 record is nothing to sneeze at. Matt Cain is 94-94 and I think general knowledge among baseball fans is that Cain is better than mediocre. He has a perfect game under his belt.

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    6. Making fun of the guy was not cool but in the scheme of political correctness this is about at the bottom of the barrel as there is.. Kruke is not a "homer" and if you think he is you don't watch many games. I watch EVERY ONE.. He calls out players, umps, managers you name it. Kruke also provides incredible nuggets of baseball theory which I appreciate. Perhaps Mike was a bit ticked off because the kid, Torres, pitched lights out in relief on Monday and Tuesday going 2 innings, striking out three and allowing zero runs..

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    7. Baseball is not complicated. I don't need to know history of each pitch. Krukow needs to go.

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  21. I heard the interview live. I thought Brian Murphy was almost egging Kruk on, but Krukow held back and just said it was a bad look. He wasn't going to be suckered into making a politically incorrect statement. It is strange how intolerant the PC police are.

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    1. Murphy has stated after interviews that he tries getting people to take some bait occasionally. I guess it helps create drama but I don't know if I'd let him interview me after I felt set up. I think it's bad journalism. His response might be that he's letting players hang themselves and my response would be your handing them the rope.

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    2. What's funny is that the PC police are based in San Francisco. A city that smells of urine and three day old fish.

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  22. I am not a sports fan but often hear sports reporters and commentators. What I find is that most of them sound like assholes. I have heard enough Kevin "the rat" to last me a lifetime. However, I heard him once when he did a fill-in show on KGO, and he actually came off well. Must be something about talking about sports that brings out snottiness.

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  23. If y'all are gonna go "nickname" on this thread...please spell it "Kruke." They way you all here are spelling it, I keep picturing ESPN's John Kruk (rhymes with "truck").

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  24. If it wasn't for DUANE KUIPER Mike Krukow would be nowhere.

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  25. Nobody ever accused Krukow of being a brain surgeon ... or did I miss that?

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  26. I listened to the podcast. The worst part of what Krukow said was his suggestion that the pitcher was wearing the hat for "attention." Krukow is disparaging this player because he thinks his intentions are disingenuous.

    One of the reasons pitchers are reluctant to wear the new hat is because they fear it will hurt their performance. Relief pitchers especially would be concerned about losing money, as they throw far fewer pitches to begin with. So I think it's safe to assume this decision was made for reasons of healthy, first and foremost.

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  27. Likewise, nobody else would care if Krukow had 6-7 concussions.

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  28. Man, what's with all of the 'Krukow-haters' anyway? Just because the guy likes to have a good time on the air and likes the Giants, we have to bash him? He explains the game of baseball a lot better than some of the folks doing the games elsewhere. Just listen to some of the broadcasts on TV and radio in other MLB cities and you'll hear what I'm talking about. I love the fact that he's been a part of this organization for so many years. What the heck is wrong with that? His audience is mostly Giant fans, and he knows their history, was a part of it himself, and appreciates it. So does Kuiper. They are a GREAT TEAM. Add Miller and Fleming to the mix and you easily have the best MLB broadcast crew in the country.

    Ken Korach of the As is solid, but his supporting cast isn't nearly as deep, experienced or talented.

    On a related topic; I grew up here in the Bay Area and have yet to understand this ridiculous antipathy that exists between A's and Giants fans. They are NOT in the same league, they only play each other 4 times a year for crying out loud, so why all the hate for one team or the other?

    What, you'd rather one of them moved away? We get to see EVERY TEAM IN BASEBALL here in the bay area, and our two teams have been to the post season a combined 27 times, have won a combined SIX WORLD SERIES in the last 40 years! What's to complain about?

    I also think the two clubs make each other a little better, because they have compete for media and fan interest. Isn't American business (which MLB is a part of) better when there's competition?

    And quit the Krukow Hating please! It sounds like a bunch of whining 16 to 28 year olds, who just like to pile on something because IT'S THE HIP THING TO DO!

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    1. 16-28 year olds? Interesting demographic 5:39. Go back and READ the 25+
      negative posts about Krukow and you will have the answer to your question. Most tell a story. Folks wouldn't pile on Kruk because it's "Hip" -- more likely
      because he's an a) phony, b) jerk, c) shill, d) homer, e) creepy, or any other description listed above. Perhaps, ALL of the above.

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  29. BS, BALONEY ! The haters just like to pile on because Kruk is an 'easy target.' It's also because the Giants are the # 1. attraction currently, since they've won a couple of World Series Titles in the last four years. If you don't like Krukow, turn down the freaking sound on the TV and listen to the radio broadcast. You'll get a lot more pertinent info on the game when you do that, because the guys doing the radio play by play will not always be distracted by the nonsense in the stands that the TV director wants to show, so they won't be talking about it. I'd much rather listen to the game on the radio anyway, than watch it on TV.

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    1. Baloney? Isn't that something you place between two slices of bread?

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  30. KNBR's Mt Rushmore of Honesty:

    Mike Krukow, Bob Fitzgerald, Murph and the Saturday morning annuity salesman.

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    1. "Saturday morning annuity salesman"
      Thank you. I took the words out of my mouth. That guy would do anything to sell you an expense and unnecessary insurance contract.
      Never telling the callers that he made off handsomely in commissions.

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  31. Krukow is the worst announcer in the Bay Area...I have to turn the sound down on my TV when I watch Giants games...

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  32. Here come more Haters. (Yawn!) Well, at least they know who the guy is!

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  33. Larry Baer is the pimp and Krukow is the whore...

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  34. Krukow is a great announcer and a good man. Perhaps he's a bit past his prime but he has entertained me and taught me a lot of baseball over the past 25+ years. A loyal Giant but one who is honest and candid if you read between the lines. (He is a Giants' employee) The one time I met him at a fan fest he was more than gracious to me and my friend. Gracious to another friend's son in SLO at a party at his home. I have always heard positive stories about him. As classy a man as any public figure around. He also won a key playoff game in '87 and won 20 games in '88.

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    1. That was a clutch playoff performance in '87. I wish he would have won 20 in '88; it was actually '86.

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    2. Thanks for your unbiased opinion, meat. ( i mean krukow).

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    3. Why does Krukow always have a ball in hand? Does he think he 's still playng? He's a homer. He said on the air that he told his kids that it's ok to cheat , just don't get caught. Great parenting. There's more to life than baseball, meat.

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  35. Is that you Krukow?

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  36. I hope I get to meet Mike Krukow in person just so I can say, "Didn't you used to be Mike Krukow?"

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  37. I think Krukow does a pretty decent job. My only objection is his complaining, or implying, that the Giant pitchers are not getting the calls from the umpires. It seems like he does this a time or two every game. The opposing pitcher never gets robbed of a strike. Only Giants pitchers. But, I guess that is part of being a homer.

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    1. It's being Krukow, a pathetic announcer.

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  38. Krukow is constantly whining that the Giants pitchers are getting screwed by the umpire. He does it EVERY game. He's got Fleming doing it now, and he is on his way to being the biggest crybaby homer of them all. They have become a bunch of spoiled whiners who think the Giants are somehow entitled to every close play, every lucky bounce, and every bloop single, because, well, they are SO special. They reached new lows when they kept saying "Brandon, Not an All-Star, Crawford" when Cory Seager (of the hated Dodgers), who had much better stats, was chosen to be the All-Star SS. What unprofessional crybabies.

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