Who is Baltimore's most nerve-wracking athlete to watch? How about all-time?
There’s been a whole lot of discussion in the bar recently about the back end of the Orioles’ bullpen and especially new closer Kevin Gregg.
Gregg has two saves in three opportunities this season and has been an adventure in several other outings. That’s sort of been his history. He isn’t always easy to watch, but he’s been fairly effective – the man saved 37 games last season.
He has converted 81 percent of his career opportunities (124 of 153), which means he gets his job done a lot more often than not.
But, yeah, he can make you a nervous wreck watching (especially if you are writing on deadline, I might add). Most closers can, really, since the game is almost always on the line when they are in.
On Thursday, I began my twice weekly gig with “Mark and The Bulldog” on 105.7 The Fan (Mondays and Thursdays at noon) and they were discussing a perfect topic for Connolly’s Bar. And I am stealing it, now that I am part of their family.
Inspired by Gregg, they wanted to know which Baltimore athletes make fans the most nervous.
Gregg is probably the easy answer right now. And you can fill in the blank with plenty of Orioles’ closers over the years (Jorge Julio, George Sherrill, Ryan Kohlmeier, Chris Ray, etc).
Obviously, Don Stanhouse is probably in the Baltimore Nervous Hall of Fame. He might have his own wing.
Going away from baseball, Viv and the Bulldog mentioned former Ravens’ QB Kyle Boller. And I’ll throw Vinny Testaverde on the list – it seemed like he was just one bonehead play away from a good game, every game, with the Ravens.
I have another name for you: Maryland point guard Terrell Stokes, back in the 1990s. He was a fearless leader, a great passer and court thief, but every time he had the ball in his hands with the game on the line, I’d say a quick novena that he wouldn’t think about shooting. Please, Terrell, just pass.
That was nervous overdrive.
So here’s what I want from you: Name the current Baltimore athlete that makes you most nervous and give me one all-timer.
This could be a fun day at the bar.
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