Manny's batting gloves: One more sign that baseball is back in Baltimore
July 23, 2013
My experience with Manny's batting gloves started out with a simple observation by Ryan Blake (@BUCKled_UpBlake) on Twitter during Saturday's game in Texas.
Manny not wearing batting gloves... Is this a new thing or am I just not observant enough?
— Ryan Blake (@BUCKledUp_Blake) July 21, 2013
"Man, this guy pays close attention," I thought at the time. And he was ahead of the curve.
Shortly thereafter, MASN was on the case and noted during the O's broadcast that Manny was indeed breaking with his regular practice and batting without gloves.
By the end of the night Manny's batting gloves had their own Twitter account - @mannysgloves. Because of course they did.
Ultimately, Manny's gloves won the weekend Orioles news cycle.
Here's a sampling of the media coverage: Britt Ghiroli, MLB.com; Eduardo Encina, Baltimore Sun; Justin McGuire, Sporting News; Zach Wilt, Baltimore Sports Report (screen shots and all).
My favorite quote from The Young Machado (h/t Ghiroli) includes a reference by the 21-year-old to "when I was younger."
"I did it in the minor leagues and when I was younger," Machado said. "It's something that just came out of nowhere, really. I think I might ride it out for a couple more days. I don't know. It's a game-time decision."
Okay, so it's all a bit silly, right? But here's the thing, the interest in Manny's batting gloves is another indication that fans are paying close attention to baseball in Baltimore once more.
Not so long ago an Orioles player could have come to the plate in a tutu and the only reaction it would have elicited would have been to initiate a debate about whether the tutu should have Baltimore written across the chest.
The city is living and dying with this team - and its accoutrements - once more. So here's to Manny's gloves.