Howie Kendrick

Howard Joseph Kendrick III (born July 12, 1983 in Sarasota, Florida) is a Major League Baseball second baseman for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He attended West Nassau HS (Callahan, Florida) and St. John's River Community College (Palatka, Florida), where he was named Conference Player of the Year. He is sometimes referred to by fans as "HK-47" due to his initials and jersey number. Kendrick earned the nickname "Truck" from former Angels pitching coach Bud Black, due to the similarity of his last name to Eddie Kendricks (of The Temptations), and his song Keep On Truckin'. Kendrick was drafted in the 10th round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft, and named the #1 prospect in the Texas League in 2005. Kendrick had a one-on-one collision with actor Ben Affleck during his rookie season in the stands on the first base side of Fenway Park. On a foul ball that was hit towards where Affleck, accompanied by actress Jennifer Garner, was sitting, Kendrick snatched the ball from the outstretched arms of Affleck, recording the out. Fans sitting nearby bothered Affleck about not taking the ball away from Kendrick. The event landed Kendrick's picture in People magazine. In an edition...
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