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Garrett Olson channels inner Travolta

I just thumbed through the most recent "ESPN The Magazine," which features a ridiculous pictorial of athletes in movie scenes.

I have to admit that skier Lindsey Vonn's portrayal of Sharon Stone's character in Basic Instinct caught my eye – I am made of flesh and blood here.

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But it was the Pulp Fiction re-enactment that made me laugh.

Seattle Mariners star and 2010 Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez is decked out as Jules Winnfield, the Samuel L. Jackson character. And the role of his partner in crime, John Travolta's Vincent Vega, is filled by former Oriole Garrett Olson.

Olson was a media favorite in his two years with the Orioles because he was, well, just plain goofy, a true left-hander from the left coast (he attended Cal Poly and was one of the brighter players in the clubhouse).

I remember at the end of the 2008 season Olson walked around the clubhouse on the final day and hugged everyone. And I mean everyone: players, coaches, media, clubbies. It was the oddest and most elongated display of man-hugs I had ever witnessed.

He didn't realize that would be his last regular season game as an Oriole. He was traded that offseason to the Chicago Cubs for Felix Pie.

Olson was definitely a character. And, apparently, a character actor. Take away the blond, surfer hair and he looks a little like Travolta. Here's a link to the video.

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