What do Chris Davis and Babe Ruth have in common?
On Friday night in Baltimore, Chris Davis bashed three home runs to help the Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-4.
That feat is extremely impressive in itself, as Davis set new career highs in home runs (23) and RBI (64), with still well over a month to play in the 2012 season. However, Davis joined incredibly rarified air with the 3-dinger performance, due to something he did over three months ago.
Back in May, Chris Davis pitched in the O’s 17-inning win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Birds took the lead when Davis was on the mound, and, as a result, he recorded the victory.
And so, on Friday night in Charm City, with the surprising Orioles still very much alive in the American League East and Wild Card races, Chris Davis joined Babe Ruth and Jim Tobin as the only players since 1900 to record a victory on the mound and hit three home runs in the same game in the same season. Ruth accomplished the feat in 1930, and Tobin in 1942 – Davis is the first player in 70 years to do it.
It’s just another footnote in what has been a wild, wacky, improbable, and most of all AWESOME baseball season in B’More.
Earlier this year, Davis hit a home run despite breaking his bat on the swing.
Throw in the aforementioned career highs, putting himself in the same sentence as Babe Ruth, and maybe – just maybe – being a part of a magical postseason run, and it’s safe to say that Chris Davis won’t soon forget 2012.
Neither will we O’s fans.
Let’s go Birds.