Before we get into the interview, we wanted to point out a few facts regarding the former catcher. He is one of three Orioles ever to be named World Series MVP as he joins Brooks and Frank Robinson.
Orioles101: First we just want to say thank you for agreeing to do this and that it is an honor to chat with the 1983 World Series MVP. First one for you, as a former Oriole, how great have the past season and a half been after suffering the previous 14 seasons?
Baltimore has always been a baseball town, but for 14 years, people began to lose sight of that. And I can’t blame them. A tough thing to watch, but it is great to see playoff-caliber baseball back in Baltimore.
Orioles101: As a former catcher, do you feel that Matt Wieters gets the full appreciation and recognition that he deserves?
The game today is so focused on offensive numbers that I feel great defensive players, like Matt, sometimes take a backseat.
Orioles101: The atmosphere around Camden Yards and Baltimore has been great with this team. How much does that affect the players on the field?
It’s huge. The fans are part of what makes baseball great. There is nothing like playing in Baltimore with the crowd their feet cheering. It helps motivate the players. It is tough to stay motivated when half the stadium is empty.
Orioles101: What player currently playing in the bigs reminds you the most of yourself?
Staying with the Orioles, I would have to say Adam Jones. He plays the game the way it was meant to be played. He goes out and competes each and every night, but he has fun doing it.
Orioles101: What does this Orioles team need to do in order to make the playoffs for the second consecutive season?
They just need to put it all together. They have the players to make a run at the playoffs, they just need to get hot at the right time. When the Orioles put runs on the board, they are a tough team to beat.
Orioles101: You have been doing the TV thing for a while now. Is it as enjoyable as being on the field when you were a player?
Nothing beats playing the game of baseball, but broadcasting is the next best thing. I get to be around the game I love.
Orioles101: Have you ever thought of ditching the pre and postgame for broadcasting play by play? You and (Jim) Palmer would be a treat!
I am pretty happy where I am now.
Orioles101: Tell us about the infamous rain delay in Boston when you made the famous water dive on the tarp.
Baseball is a game. It is meant to be fun. The fans were disappointed that it was raining, so I gave them a show.
Orioles101: Last one for you, if someone could have one meal at Dempsey’s, what would you recommend?
I am a fan of the Pork Belly, but you can’t go wrong with any of the food at Dempsey’s.
Orioles101: The food is fantastic! Thank you Mr. Dempsey, we greatly appreciate it and thanks again!
Orioles101 would like to thank the MVP for taking the time to do the interview with us. He is one of the most beloved and recognizable Orioles of the past there is in Baltimore.
The Birds return to action tonight as they begin a HUGE three game series with the second wildcard holders, the Oakland A’s, who hold a three game lead over the O’s for that final wildcard spot. Baltimore will send Bud Norris (9-10) to the mound for the start against A’s starter Dan Straily (6-7).
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