The latest #WNSTSweet16 is a laughing matter

March 25, 2014 | Luke Jones

2. Rick Dempsey

The former catcher and coach qualifies as a human mascot of sorts for the Orioles as he was revered for his scrappy play and is still loved for his sense of humor — and off-the-wall and, sometimes, ridiculous proclamations — years later as a broadcaster.

His performances during rain delays were legendary as he’d imitate Babe Ruth and other baseball figures and slide across a wet tarp to entertain soaked fans while rain held up play.

Having a temper that occasionally collided with Weaver, Dempsey once threw his equipment at his longtime skipper before being reminded that he needed to listen to his boss. The catcher replied, “Yeah, you’re the boss spelled backward: double SOB.”

What a pair.

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Sam Says:

    Great work Luke. Actually was a great list and you didn’t miss a name. IMO.

  2. chris Says:

    GREAT job. I dont think anyone in their right mind would complain about this list. Watching the letterman clips with Art Donovan took me back. Holy Moly he was funny.

    On a side note, what do you think the back lash would be today if a player (just because he was also on the list, we’ll say Terell Suggs) went on a late night talk show and talked about a jewish guy beating him out in college and then making the reference to “those guys are supposed to be lawyers and doctors? It makes me wish we could go back to the 80’s and 90’s when people didnt get bent out of shape about everything.

    (L.J. – Thanks, Chris. I was thinking the same exact thing when I heard that portion of the clip. It was definitely a different era.)

  3. Phil Says:

    Nice job! I still get chills listening to the Decinces homerun call…seems like it was yesterday for a lifelong Oriooo’s fan as Eckman would say.

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