Random thoughts as the Orioles go into tonight's game against the
** Was that a great scene in the O's dugout last night after
Davis himself had no idea what happened, that much was clear. When the ball smacked what's called the C-ring of the roof's catwalk, he practically stopped in his tracks around second base, wondering why the ball had suddenly landed 100 feet or so in front of the outfield wall.
Not until the ump gave the home-run signal did he resume his trot around the bases. And once in the dugout, he,
Even with the O's trailing 5-3 at that point, you could tell there was zero panic in the dugout. You could tell they were still thinking comeback. It didn't happen. But this team never thinks it's out of a game, as we've seen all year.
** Speaking of Davis, does anyone have a more effortless home-run swing? That was his 32nd homer of the season and his swing was the usual lazy, looping number that makes you realize how strong the guy is.
No wonder the MASN broadcasters like Gary Thorne and Jim Hunter keep getting fooled on whether or not Davis' shots are going out of the park.
You watch him take that little 9-iron swing and you figure it's a routine fly ball to right. Then it lands 20 rows back in the seats. Really amazing.
** Said it all year, I'll say it again: hate
The hangdog look on his face, the drooping shoulders, the sighs -- no good.
** Too bad the Orioles didn't get to celebrate their playoff-clincher the way the
The Orioles didn't learn they had clinched until after the team flight made a harrowing emergency landing in Jacksonville. And then they celebrated -- if that's the word -- with a quick, late-night champagne toast in a hotel ballroom before heading off to bed to get ready for the opening of their series with the Rays.