Ravens coach John Harbaugh will be a guest on Thursday’s “The Late Show with David Letterman.” He’s not the only noted Baltimore sports manager or coach to appear on a popular television program.
In 1994, Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who was then with the New York Yankees, appeared on an episode of “Seinfeld.” For Seinfeld mavens, they know it as “The Chaperone,” and it was the first episode of the program’s sixth season.
Showalter was featured with Yankees outfielder Danny Tartabull. On the program, Seinfeld gets a date with Miss Rhode Island, a former Miss America contestant, after meeting her at a Yankees game.
Jerry Seinfeld is an avid Mets fan, both on television and in real life. George Constanza was a Yankees fan, and Larry David’s voice playing George Steinbrenner was often featured.
Last season, a video featuring Showalter lecturing Darren O’Day on the foolishness of riding his Solowheel went viral. The prank showed off the puckish side of Showalter.
Years of appearing on ESPN have made Showalter comfortable with the media, and he’s a natural at appearing on camera. Harbaugh’s good, too, but I don’t know that he could prank Joe Flacco.
-ESPN’s Baseball Tonight will visit Sarasota on Feb. 27 for an Orioles preview. Tim Kurkjian and John Kruk will be the commentators.