John Kruk admits that the 1993 Phillies swung for the fences when it came to partying.
“If someone was using steroids on that team, they were awfully quiet about it,” the former Macho Row stalwart said by telephone today, a day after the Los Angeles Times reported allegations of steroid use and baseball-related gambling activity by former teammate Lenny Dykstra.
“If someone was using steroids, they hid it really well. I never heard it spoken about and I never saw it.
“Let me tell you, we partied hard on that team. You’d have a couple drinks and, what’s that saying, ‘Loose lips sink ships?’ You’d think someone might have said something if they were doing something, but nothing was ever brought up. And we talked about everything on that club. That’s how close we were. Nothing was ever brought up, and that tells me that nothing happened.
“If someone had been doing it, they’d have no reason to lie to me, and I wouldn’t lie about it now. What’s it, 12 years ago? It’s not like it’s going to ruin someone’s career.”
Dykstra has had a falling out with his longtime friend and business partner, Lindsay Jones. A suit filed in California by Jones contains a sworn statement from Jeff Scott, a Florida man who claims to have provided and injected the former Phillie with steroids.
The Times story quoted Bobby Habeeb, a friend of Scott’s, as saying that Scott “hung out with half the team.”
Well, did he?
“I never heard of the guy, never saw anybody like that,” Kruk said.
Does Habeeb’s claim bother Kruk?
“Not at all,” the former first baseman said. “If you listened to everything people said about us, you’d think we were all alcoholics, drug addicts and steroid users. I wish we had that much fun.”
“One year he weighed next to nothing and the next he was all bulked up,” Kruk said. “I heard reporters wondering what he was on, so I asked him. I said, ‘What did you do?’ He said, ‘I just worked hard.’ I believed him. I had no reason not to believe him. He’d never lied to me before, and I knew he was big into weight lifting.
“You know, so many guys were getting big at that time from weights. When I first came in the league, I thought Jack Clark and Steve Garvey were big. Then all of sudden it seemed like everyone was that big. To me, Lenny was no different.”