When the ball came off
He came out of the batter's box sprinting – thinking he could get a triple if the ball hit off the left-field wall – but as he rounded first, he looked up and saw his sprint could turn into a trot.
"I looked up I was like, 'Oh snap,'" Avery said. "I caught that one."
Avery's solo homer proved to be the winning run in the Orioles' 9-8 victor over Cleveland on Friday night, snapping the O's three-game losing streak.
"That's really exciting, it's always a plus when you help out your team get the 'W,'" Avery said. "It really wouldn't have meant a lot if we didn't get a win with it. But we got a win with it, so it means a whole lot."
In between innings, the
"You know, I felt a little tingly inside," Avery said. "But you know I looked up at the board and I was like, 'Oh snap, everybody is looking.' And I'm looking around and I don't see none of my teammates running out with me and I'm like OK, OK. But I kept smiling as I ran out the whole time. I was trying to refocus actually, because the game was still on my line. But it felt good. It felt good to run out there with a smile on my face."
Meanwhile, the chase was on to acquire Avery’s home-run ball, which was caught in a group of five Indians fans. A member of the Orioles staff bartered a deal for the ball – the Indians fans wanted baseballs autographed by
"Whoever that guy was thanks, thanks for giving me my first home run ball," Avery said. "It means a lot to me."
And after the game, as Avery was doing a postgame TV interview, center fielder