When Seth Smith joined the Baltimore Orioles this season, I learned that fans from his last team – the Seattle Mariners – called him “Dad.”
This was because, I was told by one Mariner’s fan, Smith’s “exactly the kind of guy you want looking after the kids …”
And, because he was once seen after a game doing this …
(Don’t roll your eyes at the fact that Seth Smith does the exact same stuff that you probably do all the time and no one tweets about you. That’s just the way it’s gonna be.)
Anyway, Smith’s an Oriole now, and he did two dad-like things last night I wanted to make sure you knew about.
First, the Orioles, for some insanely stupid and reckless reason, gave up the lead in their game against the Tampa Bay Rays last night, forcing extra innings.
The O’s almost lost in extra innings, too, except, thankfully, Tampa’s bullpen was either getting bored with the game and wanted to go home, or they’re just generally lousy.
I’m pretty sure no one calls Tampa’s bullpen pitchers “Dad” in the affectionate way the entire world calls Seth Smith “Dad.” (Unless, of course, it’s their actual children.)
In the bottom of the 11th, with the score tied at four, Tampa’s bullpen loaded the bases. And, Seth Smith came to bat. And, this happened.
The ultimate “walk” off.
It seems a very even-keeled, dad-like thing to do. Why swing at the ball when you don’t need to? My dad wasn’t a big baseball fan, but I’m sure he would agree.
Don’t leave yet …
Before that walking walk-off, Smith did something else weird and wonderful last night … he singled in the bottom of the 2nd, and, thanks to two errors by Tampa fielders (no one calls them “Dad” on Twitter, either), he also scored. This is, of course, a “Little League Home Run,” something any good dad would know all about. And, it was awesome.
The Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays last night, 5-4 in 11.
Seth Smith gets credit for three of those Oriole runs.
That Dad. He’s all right by me.