Personality test: Bob Walk
By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Published: Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 8:55 p.m.
Updated: Monday, August 20, 2012
Bob Walk is in his 19th season as a member of the Pirates broadcast crew. The former right-handed pitcher spent 10 of his 14 years pitching in the major leagues with Pittsburgh (1984-93). He compiled a 105-81 lifetime record, which included an 82-61 mark with the Pirates.
Walk's professional career began with Spartanburg in 1977 after he was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the third round of the 1976 June draft. He made his big league debut with the Phillies in 1980 and was the starting pitcher in Game 1 of the World Series that October against Kansas City.
In the spring of 1981, Walk was dealt to the Atlanta Braves for outfielder Gary Matthews. He spent three seasons in Atlanta before being acquired by Pittsburgh in 1984.
Walk was a 1988 National League All-Star, and he posted six straight winning seasons from 1987-92. One of his finest moments in a Pirates uniform came in 1992 when he pitched a 7-1, complete-game victory over the Atlanta Braves in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.
Walk, a native of Newhall, Calif., resides in Wexford with his wife, Lorrie. They have three sons, Tommy, 32, Johnny, 29, and Ronny, 22, and two granddaughters, Makayla, 9, and Kylie, 6, to Tommy and wife Dominique.
The star who would play me in the movie version of my life and why:
Sam Elliot. My wife loves his voice.
Childhood hero and why:
The Road Runner, because he never got caught.
The piece of memorabilia from my childhood I wish I still had:
My first baseball glove
The superpower I wish I had in real life and why:
Flying. I like to fly.
I can't live without my: iPod, cell phone, DVR, or laptop?
Best mistake I've ever made:
Having a 5 for an ERA in 1993.
Something I would do over if I could and why:
2-1 slider to Chris Sabo, 1990 playoff game, home run, we lost
E. I hate sports
D. Other. Flying Lizards Racing
My favorite Pittsburgh athlete:
Top thing on my “Bucket List” to do before I'm gone:
Drive the Nordschleife
TV marathon I could watch all day and why:
Clint Eastwood movies
In five years, I'd like to:
My favorite thing about Pittsburgh is:
App I wish I could invent:
Find the nearest chicken wings.
Favorite brunch food:
Favorite guilty pleasure:
Three people I'd love to have dinner with:
Norbert Singer, Patrick Long, Al Ferragonio Jr.
Star I'd like to dance with on “Dancing with the Stars”:
I don't dance.
My quirkiest inherited trait:
Even-tempered (HA HA)
My favorite sandwich, plus fixings:
Thick-sliced roast beef with lots of mayo and black pepper
One word my mother would use to describe me:
Favorite lunchtime spot:
Buffalo Wild Wings
The oldest thing in my refrigerator is:
The ice maker
When I was 10, I wanted to be:
Exercise I hate most:
All that require movement
I'm deathly afraid of:
If I was auditioning for “American Idol,” my song would be:
Favorite Pittsburgh-area landmark:
Three Rivers Stadium, Old Gate D
Saturday mornings you'll find me:
Drinking coffee on my back porch
The person I'm most often mistaken for:
My most treasured fashion accessory is:
The worst advice I ever received:
Throw four-seam fast balls
In high school, I was:
The most famous person I ever became friends with:
If I could tour with any two bands, they would be:
Deep Purple & The Doors
Best new gadget I've tried recently:
If I wasn't a Pirates broadcaster, I'd be:
My favorite Pittsburgh pizza:
Movie I could watch every time it appears on cable:
“Treasure of Sierra Madre”
The movie that always makes me cry:
“Saving Private Ryan”
What you'll always find in my glove compartment:
My favorite website:
My most embarrassing junk food:
Blue cheese dressing
My most memorable fashion mistake:
Wearing my slippers to a Pirates function
My favorite “bad” movie is:
My first job:
Bag boy at Safeway store
My worst job:
Laborer for a contractor (swimming pools)
My favorite cable channel:
Life would be better without:
The designated hitter
I never travel without my:
The last book I read:
“The Ascent of Money” by Niall Ferguson
People would be surprised to know that I:
Always have to take the trash out.
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