SI: What pitcher gave you the most trouble?
Kruk: I was 0 for 12 or 13 lifetime against Lee Smith. But it's weird—he was asked to list the three guys he had the toughest time with, and he listed me third. How do you figure that?
SI: You got to golf at Augusta National in 1999. How far did that set back the sport?
Kruk: It's not like I was throwing beer cans all over the greens and spitting tobacco everywhere, but I was scared because I'm always afraid that when I go somewhere nice, I'm going to screw up.
SI: On April 11, 1994, you underwent radiation for testicular cancer in the morning, then played first base and went 3 for 5 for the Phillies that afternoon. Where does that rank among your highlights?
Kruk: People think that because I had cancer I'm some kind of hero or something, but people go through worse than I did.
SI: How's your health these days?
Kruk: Perfect. I'm a little fat, but other than that things are pretty good.