Orioles ditch shaving cream for delicious postgame pies


Banana cream >>> shaving cream. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The Orioles have taken the celebratory postgame pie-in-the-face tradition to a delicious new level.

Mary Wortman and her husband John, who own the Dangerously Delicious Pies shop in Baltimore, approached the Orioles with the idea of using their pies last season after hearing players complain about how Adam Jones’s shaving cream pies were burning their eyes. Dan wrote about the pain of shaving cream pies in 2009, and as a commenter pointed out in that post, Sean Taylor once missed a day of minicamp because of eye irritation after taking a shaving cream pie to the face.

“As much as it was fun, it was painful to them,” Mary Wortman told me today. “We figured we could help out there and send over some pies.”

With Jones’s approval, the Orioles made the switch from shaving cream to real pie this season, and Dangerously Delicious has supplied two pies ($28 each in the store) for every home game.

“If there’s a play that’s worthy, they’ll use the pie,” Wortman said. “If not, the guys in the dugout eat them. Every once in a while, we treat the front office.”

The Orioles debuted the tasty new celebration on opening day with an orange cream pie. On Saturday night, Adam Jones pied David Lough after the outfielder singled home Steve Lombardozzi in the bottom of the 12th inning.

“This week we had banana cream,” Wortman said. “We’ll be changing the pie we send over every week. The guys requested that. We’ll throw in some chocolate cream.”

None of these guys with shaving cream in their face look as happy as Lough in the photo above.

There are two Dangerously Delicious Pies locations in the District — on H Street and at Union Station. The menu features a Marionberry pie topped with “a generous portion of rock candy.” I don’t imagine we’ll be seeing that at Nationals Park anytime soon.

Scott Allen writes about all things DC sports. Follow him on Twitter @ScottSAllen or e-mail him if you’ve got a tip to share.
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