BALTIMORE – The Orioles were treated to a great show in their clubhouse. Usually, the clubhouse is a place where they glance at sports on large screen TVs, play cards or chat. On Saturday, they had a special guest, comedian Frank Caliendo, who was in town for some shows at the Baltimore Comedy Factory.
Caliendo played some ping pong and then did an impromptu 15-minute show in front of about 10 players, clubhouse attendants and media members.
He did crackerjack impressions of Jon Gruden, Chris Berman, Vin Scully, Bill Walton and Charles Barkley, among others. Someone requested his George W. Bush, and he brilliantly complied.
Caliendo was ushered into manager Buck Showalter’s office and he chatted for a few minutes.
Showalter enjoys having celebrity visitors to the clubhouse.
“That’s why it’s so important to get away from it sometimes. Laughter’s a great thing. I have to suppress mine sometimes because someone may perceive it’s disrespectful to the other team or something,” Showalter said. “I try to make [bench coach] John Russell laugh once a day. Hard to do.”
The Orioles have a couple of good mimics. T.J. McFarland reportedly does an accurate Harry Caray and Caleb Joseph mimics Showalter.
“Caleb basically got on the map of doing an impression of me,” Showalter said. “He did one of everybody. I don’t feel singled out.”