Krukow Epitomizes Model of Team Player for Wolf Pack Baseball
April 12, 2006
RENO, Nev. -
Written by Erin LaPlaunt, Media Services Student Intern
Growing up in the clubhouse of the San Francisco Giants watching games would be the dream of any kid aspiring to be a baseball player. For Wolf Pack junior Baker Krukow, it was his childhood reality.
Krukow dedicates a lot of his accomplishments in baseball to his father, San Francisco Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow. With 13 years of Major League Baseball experience with the Cubs, Phillies and Giants, Mike Krukow offers a lot of advice to his son.
"My dad's been through everything," Krukow said. "He's been on teams having successful seasons and he's been on teams that are 35-92. Everything I have had to deal with throughout my career, my dad understands."
At San Luis Obispo High School in San Luis Obispo, Calif., Krukow lettered two years in football at the quarterback position and three years in baseball. As a multi-talented athlete, the decision to choose to play baseball in college was an easy decision.
"I had a lot of fun playing football and I had friends on the team, but baseball had been my first love since I could remember," Krukow said. "I started playing baseball as soon as I could start walking and I had a lot more talent in baseball too, so it wasn't a hard decision to make."
It is clear that Baker Krukow's positive attitude comes from his family. As one of five kids, he and his family are supportive and encouraging to each other. Wolf Pack head coach Gary Powers is grateful for Krukow's presence on the team because he is very self-less individual and is purely a team player.
"Baker is willing to do anything to help his team and his teammates," Powers said. "I admire Baker in a tough situation with an inexperienced team. He has done everything he can to be a leader within his ability. He has worked really hard to make himself a Division I hitter and has worked to make himself a better player overall."
This season, Krukow has played in 27 games with 18 starts for the Wolf Pack: seven at catcher, three at first base and eight as Nevada's designated hitter. He is hitting .247 with 14 runs batted in. Krukow hit his first homerun of the season last week at Louisiana Tech, helping the Wolf Pack to an 11-5 win over the Bulldogs.