The Year of the Eutaw Street Homer
The overall narrative for the 2012 Orioles season is still developing, so it's too early to know for certain whether it will be more of a Why Not? or a Not Again! type year. However, after Saturday's action, we know this much to be true: 2012 is the Year of the Eutaw Street Homer.
Back on May 18, I suggested in my weekly MASN post that the 2012 Orioles and their opponents could equal or exceed the record for most Eutaw Street home runs by season's end (http://goo.gl/OQXOt). That total, eight, was set in 2008 and tied on Saturday.
So far, the following batters have reached Eutaw Street in 2012: Chris Davis (twice), Matt Wieters, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Eric Thames, Josh Hamilton and David Ortiz. Wieters and Cabrera hit Eutaw Street in the same game, which happened only once before when Rafael Palmeiro double-dipped on April 11, 1997. Read more about Palmeiro's big day here: http://goo.gl/6DQHX.
As if these facts alone weren't enough to make it the Year of the Eutaw Street Homer, the Orioles acquired Jim Thome over the weekend as well. Thome has twice reached Eutaw street, first on July 26, 1996, and again on Sept. 5, 1999. Read about Thome's first Eutaw Street homer here: http://goo.gl/5QChA.
Perhaps the most fitting manner in which the new Eutaw Street mark could be established would be for Luke Scott to do it during one of his remaining visits to Camden Yards with the Rays. Scott is the king of Eutaw Street with six such homers during his Orioles career (http://goo.gl/Eer4R).
July 3, 2012