navigation-background arrow-down-circle Reply Icon Show More Heart Delete Icon wiki-circle wiki-square wiki arrow-up-circle add-circle add-square add arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up calendar-circle chat-bubble-2 chat-bubble check-circle check close contact-us credit-card drag menu email embed facebook-circle facebook-square facebook faq-circle faq film gear google-circle google-square google history home instagram-circle instagram-square instagram linkedin-circle linkedin-square linkedin load monitor Video Player Play Icon person pinterest-circle pinterest-square pinterest play readlist remove-circle remove-square remove search share sign-out star trailer trash twitter-circle twitter-square twitter youtube-circle youtube-square youtube

You have to have a valid membership to attend this event

You have to have a valid membership to attend this event

Michael Olesker: Struggling Orioles Need Humanizing Voice In Broadcast Booth

May 22, 2019
Something marvelous happened during the Orioles telecast the other night when they gave up a 6-1 lead against the New York Yankees and lost in the ninth inning, 10-7.

Somebody told an amusing story.

For the record, it was Brian Roberts, who played second base for Baltimore once upon a time but now does occasional color on Orioles TV and radio.

He told a funny story about Rickey Henderson, the great outfielder and base stealer who was also pretty famous for being a jerk. Then, Roberts told another funny story about Henderson.

Both Roberts and play-by-play announcer Gary Thorne laughed out loud over the stories, as did many of us watching at home. And if they were listening, maybe even folks who run the Orioles organization had a moment’s smile.

There haven't been many this season. The obvious reason is the pathetic way the team's playing. They're in last place, strictly on merit. That night of the depressing 10-7 loss to the Yankees, the O's catcher muffed a pop-up that dropped behind him, one outfielder forgot he had a cut-off man waiting and another outfielder unleashed a couple of rainbow throws that should have embarrassed any playground player.

"I think he panicked," Brian Roberts said when the second rainbow throw sailed south toward the Hanover Street Bridge.

Imagine that -- Roberts wasn't afraid to be critical. All that, and a sense of humor, too.

For more from Olesker, read the full article at Jmore.

Photo Credit: Mitch Stringer/PressBox