Rob Long Talks To WJZ About Announcing The Orioles Game

Rob Long will be announcing the O's game.

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RICK RITTER: Oh, absolutely.

NICOLE BAKER: We do.

RICK RITTER: Let me tell you, only a couple of thousand fans today, but it feels much larger than that just because of the buzz. And we're hanging out with a guy right here who really needs no introduction.

[LAUGHTER]

Rob Long, 105.7 The Fan, also part of the Orioles broadcast team. And Rob has a very special job today.

NICOLE BAKER: Yes.

RICK RITTER: He's going to be doing the introductions when they roll out that orange carpet.

NICOLE BAKER: Yeah.

RICK RITTER: OK. Tell us about it, man?

NICOLE BAKER: How are you feeling?

ROB LONG: Oh, man, I'll tell you what-- before the cameras started rolling, you saw me doing my nervous two-step. I don't need any lotion for my hands. I just used the sweat from my palms.

NICOLE BAKER: Oh! [LAUGHS]

ROB LONG: You know what I mean? Just put them on-- no orange carpet today, a little bit different. I'm going to be standing from the center field deck, the patio deck and announcing both teams, and you know, a couple of special ceremonies honoring healthcare providers and just-- healthcare workers, I'm sorry.

It's just a special day. Growing up a Baltimorean, Orioles were my first love. So you know, I used to be the kid that rushed to my seat to see Chuck Thompson. I was the parent that rushed my kids to see Jim Hunter.

RICK RITTER: There you go.

ROB LONG: Now I'm that guy today. So it's an honor. I don't know if the world is going to give me a higher honor than this.

RICK RITTER: And you keep mentioning the word "special." And just for us to be here right now as a city, to be having fans in the ballpark, I mean, we needed this--

NICOLE BAKER: Yeah.

RICK RITTER: Getting back to a sense of normalcy, Rob.

ROB LONG: This right here. I mean, it's not what we're used to in Oriole Park and Camden Yards, but you know, we've got to do baby steps. You know, 11,000 fans, I expected for there to be 11,000 people here. And I expect them to make up for the two-thirds that can't be here. Or I should say the other three-quarters that can't be here. So I expect them to be loud and make up for everybody.

NICOLE BAKER: Oh, yeah.

RICK RITTER: There you go.

NICOLE BAKER: We know that's going to happen. It's an unofficial holiday. Really, it's a holiday here in Baltimore, not even unofficially. What is going to be your warm-up routine as you prep to do--

RICK RITTER: [LAUGHS] She's putting you on the spot.

NICOLE BAKER: How are you going to get your mind right for that?

ROB LONG: You all thought that they placed Rick by accident. I wasn't.

[LAUGHTER]

A lot of great-- started from the bottom, now I'm here.

NICOLE BAKER: That's right.

RICK RITTER: There you go. That's right. You don't forget where you come from.

NICOLE BAKER: It's such a full-circle moment for him. Yeah, we're so happy for you.

RICK RITTER: All right, we can't let him go without asking him real quick-- season expectations. Look, a lot of people not expecting much. It's young guys, turnover, you know, a lot of prospects. But they came out of that opening series showing that, hey, don't sleep on us now.

NICOLE BAKER: Orioles hit a rule five guy who [INAUDIBLE] pitch fast, class A, come in and get bases loaded out. I mean, that's the Orioles for you. It's going to be a lot of guys contributing, a lot of young players contributing. That's what they're all about right now. It's a process. You've got to respect the process. I often compare baseball to popcorn. When I was growing up, we had Jiffy Pop popcorn.

RICK RITTER: Yeah.

ROB LONG: And part of the entertainment process was watching it being popped.

NICOLE BAKER: Right.

ROB LONG: And then you got older, and you just wanted to throw the bag in the microwave. And you didn't want to watch it. Well, you've got to go back to Jiffy Pop popcorn with this team. The part of the process is watching the development.

And that's part of the entertainment process as well. It's going to be a long haul. But keep in mind, three years ago, Orioles fan base wanted them to blow it up and start over again. You can't put a time limit on blowing it up and starting over again.

RICK RITTER: Right.

NICOLE BAKER: Right.

ROB LONG: I want to see progress. I'm seeing progress with some of these young men. You see boys becoming men in a baseball standpoint. Some of these guys will get traded to add pieces that you're going to want down the road. Some of them will stick and stay. And you have some guys in the [INAUDIBLE] system that's going to become contributors as well.

You know, I don't-- is it a five-year process? Is it a three-year rebuild? I don't know. I just know it's a rebuild. And I know these guys that are in charge of this team have done this before, very successful. And I can't wait until we get to the other side of this. But I'm enjoying watching the process.

RICK RITTER: Yeah, we are too.

NICOLE BAKER: Don't miss a second.

RICK RITTER: And you know what? Being from Philadelphia, we know something about trusting the process. OK?

NICOLE BAKER: Oh, yeah. You've got to trust the process.

RICK RITTER: We've heard that before.

ROB LONG: Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah.

RICK RITTER: You will hear Rob Long's voice today, part of the ceremonies. Rob, we appreciate it, man.