Just want to join in the chorus of congratulations for Gregg Olson, who will be inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame this weekend. Phil Itzoe, the greatest traveling secretary of all time (any team, any time), and legendary fan Wild Bill Hagy also will be honored, but Gregg will be the main event.
There's no question Gregg was one of the best closers of his time and might have been one of the best of all time if an elbow injury hadn't cut him down in his prime, and that torn elbow ligament probably was the result of throwing one of the best curveballs ever.
Hometown exaggeration? I don't think so. I saw the guys who were considered to have the nastiest curves -- Koufax, Blyleven -- and Otter was right there.
Olson was interviewed by MASN's Mark Viviano in the stands in Anaheim the other day and he didn't look a day older than the last time we saw him in an Orioles uniform (1993). I normally hate guys like that, but Gregg also was one of the most likeable players to pass through Baltimore.
Sometime this weekend, I'll tell you about the time Gregg pulled a Jason Giambi, and it has nothing to do with steroids. Stay tuned.