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Out of His League (and Loving It)


Ed Miller at Orioles Fantasy Camp.

In a scene reminiscent of Paper Lion, in which author George Plimpton played quarterback for the Detroit Lions during a preseason game, Dean Edward Miller, in the first week of February, left the comforts of the dome for the manicured, but merciless, fields of Sarasota’s Twin Lakes Park. There, he donned an Orioles uniform and took part in the O’s Fantasy Camp, a week-long event in which Orioles fans from all walks of life pay for the privilege of playing with, and being coached by, former players.

Miller purchased the trip at a fund-raiser for the American Heart Association, and for months he had been looking forward to slugging it out with the best of them. But when we caught up with him mid-week, he was not an entirely happy camper. “My thighs hurt! My quads hurt! There are ice packs everywhere!” Asked how he was hitting, Miller, who hadn’t picked up a bat since Kennedy was president, was succinct: “Don’t even ask. I got on base a couple of times. Let’s leave it at that.” He even drove in a run, but when asked how, the details became a bit murky.

He admitted there were no scouts in the stands waiting to sign him up. His exile to right field after a few innings at first base (“Trying to put your foot on the bag, catch the ball, and not fall over is not easy!”) no doubt was a signal that this was his on-field swan song. And yet, between tips from his manager, 1983 Orioles World Series team member Bill Swaggerty, and skull sessions with the likes of O’s greats Jim Palmer, Scott MacGregor and Gary Roenicke, Miller, clearly, was having a blast. His parting words? “I’m glad I have my day job.”

 

 

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