Former two-sport standout and current
Some players got a kick out of it -- left-hander
Upon seeing Showalter, who has a bum knee, hobble out of the dugout, Sanders asked, "Is that a pimp or a limp?" The batting practice music rotations even included Sanders' 1994 song, "Must Be the Money."
In between taking hacks, Sanders took some questions from reporters:
On getting back in the batting cage:
"I think Buck will still sign me. You guys thought it was just BP, but it was just an audition, really. The last time I hit, Buck was in Arlington with the Rangers, and I went out to visit him. He said then: 'Can I get you out there to pinch run or pinch hit late in the game? I said: 'As long as they throw it straight.'"
On being in Baltimore:
"The city is unbelievable. I'm a crab conossieur. I love crab. This is the only thing I remember when the Yankees played the Orioles. I don't even remember the pitcher or the teammates, but I remember we had a lot of blue crabs after the game, and they were delicious."
His advice to the Orioles:
"Stay focused, man. Stay focused. They've got what it takes. They've got the pitching, the hitting, the fielding. They're very intelligent. They've got a coach who's great. They've got what it takes. They've just got to stay focused,and play every game as if it's a playoff game."
"Buck's a good man. You've got to understand a wide-eyed kid with a lot of dreams and aspirations coming out of Florida State, and I go to Albany and I meet Buck Showalter. He's been the same for two decades; integrity, work ethic, all that he stands for."