He was not as energetic as advertised as he sat on a couch in the Baltimore Orioles clubhouse Saturday, yet the T-shirt and jeans and the disheveled hair that fluffed in every direction made it easy to spot Eric Byrnes.
Only 31/2 hours after he had arrived on a red-eye flight from Colorado, Byrnes joined his third team this season. The outfielder was acquired on Friday night from the Rockies for outfielder Larry Bigbie and arrived at 6 a.m. in Baltimore.
"I think it's a great opportunity," Byrnes said. "It's a good team that's got some of the, obviously, best players in baseball. It's great to have an opportunity to play for something this time of year. [Energy] is the one thing I can guarantee I can bring. I bust my [rear end] every day. That's the only way I've ever played the game, so I'll play it whether I'm struggling or I'm playing well."
Byrnes started in left field and had an RBI double in the second inning, diving headfirst into second base. It's that type of attitude the Orioles hope endears him to teammates.
"I'm not going to" change my style of play, Byrnes said. "People have their opinions of me. Hopefully more positive than negative. It's what I'm going to do and how I'm going to play."
He was picked off second base later in the inning, though.
"That was stupid," Byrnes said. "There's no excuse for that."
Palmeiro Moves Up
Rafael Palmeiro's sixth-inning two-run home run put him alone in sixth place (1,191) on baseball's all time extra base hit list. He also tied Dave Winfield (1,833) for 14th on the all-time RBI list.