Legendary Baltimore Orioles Manager Earl Weaver was clear … the best play in baseball is the three-run homer. (Not sure why a “four-run” Grand Slam wouldn’t be even better, but he’s Earl, so he should know.)
Anyway, last night against Toronto, Orioles Designated Hitter Chris Davis — oh, he of the beefy forearms — hit three home runs. A total of four RBI.
I appreciate the long ball. Honest, I do. In fact, relive the moment with me right here, right now …
But, here’s what I don’t get. Chris won the game for the Orioles (with some help from everyone else on the team, including pitcher Zach Britton, who had a better game than anyone ever could have imagined — except perhaps his mother.) And, in the end, we remember this: Chris Davis hit three home runs.
The baseball world gets very excited about a three-homer game. But, Chris Davis could have racked up four RBI with just one grand-slam swing of the bat. This to me would have been more efficient and a much finer accomplishment. Because it would have meant men were on base … a good omen to be sure and a sign that the entire team is doing well.
Still, Orioles win. And, that’s the most important thing to me.
And, here’s Earl on home runs:
“Praised be the three-run homer! In my mind, the home run is paramount, because it means instant runs. The minute you hit a homer you have a run, no questions asked. … On a home run, nothing can go wrong.”