John Kruk Reportedly Leaves Dodger Stadium Press Box on Stretcher
ESPN baseball analyst John Kruk reportedly left Dodger Stadium's press box before Sunday's game between Los Angeles and the Boston Red Sox on a stretcher.
The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham broke news of the ominous development, but noted that Kruk remained conscious when he was being carried away:
ESPN's John Kruk was just taken from the press box at Dodger Stadium on a stretcher. He was conscious.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) August 25, 2013
UPDATE: Sunday, Aug. 25
From John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal:
ESPN on Kruk: "John left the booth feeling dizzy and was diagnosed as being dehydrated....1/2— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) August 26, 2013
ESPN on Kruk: "...His vital signs are stable and he's in good spirits. We wish him a speedy recovery." 2/2— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) August 26, 2013
Sunday Night Baseball colleague Dan Shulman provided some encouraging news too, noting that Kruk was "under the weather," according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale:
Dan Shulman of ESPN just said that John Kruk is under the weather.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 26, 2013
Kruk, 52, is a former player who had a rather successful MLB career. He's most renowned for his prime years with the Philadelphia Phillies, where he was a three-time All-Star from 1991 to 1993.
Kruk batted an even .300, hit 100 home runs and totaled 592 RBI in his playing career. This medical situation is very disconcerting, but the good news is that he was at least awake when he left the stadium.
The unique charisma Kruk displayed in his playing days translated nicely to his career away from the diamond, where he's been in the ESPN studios since 2004 and has become a formidable television personality on the strength of his work on Baseball Tonight.
He joined the Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team this season, replacing former Red Sox manager Terry Francona. Kruk's unique insight comes from a tangibly experienced perspective, and he has never been afraid to speak his mind about any issue involving the sport.
Considering the relatively encouraging tone of Abraham and Nightengale's reports, there is reason for optimism regarding John Kruk's immediate future.
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