… And everybody’s happy about it! The San Francisco Giants announced Friday that they signed the beloved broadcasting tandem, Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper, to multi-year contract extensions.
“I am thrilled that two of the most treasured Giants of all time will remain in the Giants broadcast booth for the foreseeable future,” club president Larry Baer said in a statement. “Kruk and Kuip do more than just broadcast our games. They are the connection between the Giants and many of our fans who follow us on our broadcasts. They turn every game into a family get-together and they create a narrative that goes way beyond what happens on the field.”
The pair played together for the Giants for three years in the 1980’s — Krukow on the mound, and Kuiper at second base — and will begin their twenty-fourth season on the air together in 2017.
The extension was made public at the Giants annual Play Ball luncheon.
“Thanks, Larry,” Krukow joked on stage. “It was getting to the point where were starting to look around at the Midwest League to see if we could get a job.”
The extension is particularly important for Krukow, who lives with a degenerative muscle disease called inclusion-body myositis and is cutting back his travel time with the team this season as a result. Thus, fans are no doubt thankful that the club’s loyalty to the (borderline) celebrity broadcasters has not dwindled with time, but remains strong.
“I’m thrilled to continue to be able to tell the story of the San Francisco Giants,” Krukow said. “I am so proud of our broadcast team and all the people that put on Giants baseball.”