Prior to Saturday's game, former Orioles outfielder Eric Davis and current Washington Nationals Special Assistant to the General Manager Jose Rijo were inducted into the Cincinnati Reds' Hall of Fame.
Davis's induction had special meaning for Orioles trainer Richie Bancells, who helped detect the outfielder's cancer in 1997.
Prior to an at-bat in Cleveland against the Indians that year, Davis complained of pain in his abdomen. Bancells found something that didn't appear to be a normal muscle pull. The next day in New York, Davis again complained of pain and Bancells sent him to Baltimore to be examined. Davis was found to have a baseball-size cancerous tumor in his colon. Davis went through chemotherapy that season but played in the playoffs.
"I really enjoyed every minute he was here," Bancells said. "It's a lesson for anybody that has to go through cancer."
On this visit, Rijo was warmly welcomed. When the Nationals were in Cincinnati in May, Rijo and other former Reds were not allowed to visit the Reds clubhouse.
"I'm very glad they chose me and Eric and I don't think I could pick anyone else to be elected with," Rijo said. "I enjoyed every day I was here. I think I had the best career in baseball anybody could have had. When I used to come here and play I always used to have fun. To be able to accomplish that and have a great career, not necessarily with my numbers, but in the fun that I had" was special.
Shift in Thinking
Ken Griffey Jr.'s bunt single to the left side of the infield on Friday had Baltimore Manager Lee Mazzilli rethinking his defensive strategy. The single came when the Orioles had a shift to the right side of the infield. Mazzilli said he might consider abandoning the shift.
"It depends on the situation," he said. . . . Eli Marrero made his first Orioles start in center field. He has played only 46 games in center in an eight-year career.