Chris Davis said he is now aware of the elite company he joined today as he became the fourth player in major league history to homer in each of his team’s first four games of a season.
“They told me. It’s pretty cool,” he said simply. “I saw something last year where Larry Bird was talking about individual statistics and records and people come along and break them. The biggest is championships, division titles, World Series. They can’t take that away from you.”
Not only did Davis homer but it was his second career grand slam that broke a 5-5 tie in the eighth inning to give the Orioles a 9-5 win over Minnesota in front of a sellout crowd in the home opener.
Davis is the first Oriole to do it and joins Willie Mays in 1971, Mark McGwire in 1998 and Nelson Cruz in 2011 in the record book.
He has now collected at least three RBIs in every game and has 16 on the season. In 21 games all of last April, he had 12.
Davis’ 16 RBIs are a major league record for the first four games. The previous record was 12 by Charles Johnson of the 2000 Orioles, Mark McGwire with St. Louis in 1998 and Dolph Camilli with Philadelphia in 1935.
His slam sent the home crowd into a frenzy.
“You feel it,” Davis said of the fans. “When those guys are yelling, this place gets really loud and it gives you chills all over your body.
“I feel good at the plate, to say the least. I don’t think you ever envision home runs. The biggest thing for me was to get a pitch out over the plate that I could drive and at least get in the air for a sac fly. I thought that was what it was when I hit it, but it kept going.”
Is he just into an amazing and incredible zone at bat right now?
“I just think it’s being comfortable at the plate,” he said. “Being selective and making sure I’m swinging at good pitches. There were times last year when I was too aggressive and ended up getting myself out. Patience has paid off.
“It’s fun. This game is not easy by any means. There are times when it seems you can’t do any wrong. But as long as a season as it is, you try to keep your head above water.”
Davis’ first career slam was on July 31, 2012 at Yankee Stadium and his five RBIs today tied his career high. He is now batting .600 at 9-for-15 with four homers and 16 RBIs to go with a slugging percentage of 1.600 and OPS of 2.211.
It was a nice ending for the Orioles in front of their home fans on day one at Camden Yards.
“It’s awesome. Toward the end of the year these guys were awesome coming out in full force and screaming their faces off,” Davis said. “It was a lot of fun today. This is a great place to play.”