Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Orioles are Tortoises


  1. There is a classic Earl Weaver "prank" interview that was recorded on a rainy day while on the road. The Orioles were stuck in a monsoon that had scratched several games and boredom was prevalent. Orioles broadcaster Tom Marr stopped by Earl's room at the hotel to record some Earl sound-bytes for their pregame radio show entitled "The Manager's Corner". I guess the two of them were giddy and recorded one of the funniest, profane interviews in baseball radio history. The premise of the interview involves Earl answering "write-in questions" from Oriole fans. Earl is cantankerous and grumpy so his answers are a little sharper than we are accustomed to hearing. The "bit" ends with Earl offering sage advice to a make-believe fan named Alice Sweet who requested suggestions on how to improve her garden tomatoes. * Earl shares his theory on team speed into the diatribe. It goes like this. "Team speed my f&*@ing a*s. Let those big c^&@#suckers go up there and hit a 3-run homer.
    I think Buck Showalter may have found the 1983 interview on You Tube and adopted Earl's passion for the hit and run or stolen base.

    * - Note: Earl Weaver and the Orioles groundskeeper Pat Santarone held a yearly contest as to who could grow the best tomatoes in a sliver of space located in foul territory at Memorial Stadium.

    1. I hate to admit it but he got that bad language from Beaumont high school in St. Louis.

  2. In case anyone is interested, here is the You Tube URL for the bit.