The Waiting Game

March 09, 1995|By Buster Olney

Rick Krivda

What he would be doing if there were no strike: He would be in camp trying to make the most of his slim opportunity of making the Orioles' pitching staff. Krivda, a starter, went 9-10 with a 3.53 ERA for Triple-A Rochester last summer. He struck out 122 in 163 innings, allowing just 149 hits.

Where he is instead: Krivda, 25, is at home in McKeesport, Pa. He returned there Tuesday night after spending nearly two months in Sarasota, Fla., waiting for the end of the strike.

How he's filling his time: While Krivda was in Sarasota, he worked out regularly with a handful of major-leaguers, including outfielder Brian McRae and pitchers James Baldwin and Rick White.

What he's doing when he's not working out: "When I was down in Florida, I played a lot of golf and did a lot of bass fishing."

The last time he wasn't playing baseball in spring: "I don't think there's ever been a time in my life when I wasn't playing. High school, college, pro ball, before that -- I've always been playing."

How he's handling the wait: "I'm not handling the wait. That's part of the reason why I came back here, to get away from Florida [and spring training]. That's what Cal [Ripken] was talking about in the [team] conference call the other night -- he talked about the picture of Arthur Rhodes on the bicycle at Twin Lakes. The more owners who see that, he said, the more anxious they'll think the players are about getting back, and that doesn't look good."

When he thinks the strike will end: "I keep on hearing March 20 to March 27. If not, I'll still go down to minor-league camp on April 3, after they option me. I feel lucky in that sense, because I can still play and get paid."

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