More details on how Davis helped accident victims

I’m sitting here wondering how many waterproof garments I can stuff into my laptop bag before heading to Camden Yards this afternoon.

I may scotchgard my entire body.

I’m too big to be laminated. I already checked.

I’m also contemplating what’s worse: Rookie Marcus Stroman’s fastball behind Caleb Joseph’s head last night or the Blue Jays trying to defend it. I’ll go with the fastball. Postgame comments can’t kill a man.

I exchanged emails earlier today with Mike Soukup, who met Orioles first baseman Chris Davis yesterday under highly unusual circumstances.

Soukup and others assisted Davis in lifting an overturned truck on southbound 295. One man had been thrown from the vehicle and another was trapped underneath it.

davis-black-deep-thought-helmet-off-sidebar.jpgDavis was driving to the airport to pick up friends when the accident occurred in front of him. Here’s Soukup’s side of the story, which the Orioles confirmed last night:

“I was on my way home from the city about 2 p.m. going south on I-295. I saw the brake lights as I was heading around a slight right-hand bend under the train tracks ... and a massive cloud of dust. I was about five to six cars back. I did not see what happened, but instantly saw the truck laying on its drivers side and a man laying in the pull-over area on the left hand side who had obviously been ejected from the wreck. He wasn’t really moving. A man was already running over to him.

“I pulled past the wreck and over to the right-hand pull-off and I saw that there were still two men in the truck and that one of them was trapped halfway out the window. He was pinned underneath the overturned truck. He was bleeding pretty badly and gasoline was dripping out of the truck. The first man waved me over, and he, and I, and a woman started trying to lift the truck off of the pinned man. It was too heavy for the three of us - it was an old, large model pick-up and was VERY heavy. However, within a half-a-minute, another five to six folks had jumped out and started helping. We were able to pick the truck back up onto its wheels - unpinning the man.

“When I turned to look at the first man, I instantly noticed a VERY strong resemblance to Chris Davis. He didn’t have any Orioles gear on (so I wasn’t sure .. there was no big “19” on him anywhere!), except his tennis shoes were black and orange. We glanced at each other with a “good job” look and I said, ‘Chris?’ He said, ‘Yeah?’ ‘Chris Davis?’ ‘Yeah?’ I said, ‘One hell of a way to meet Chris Davis ... and by the way, I think they screwed you over big-time and I support you 100 percent.’ He said ‘Thanks, it really means a lot to hear that,” and was very sincere about it. He also said he was RIGHT in back of the truck when it had a tire blow-out and swerved, hit the wall and rolled.

“By that time, lots of people were on the scene and EMTs were starting to arrive. I began cleaning up the tools of the poor guys who were involved in the accident. After I had cleaned up what I could, I considered getting an autograph ... but thought it a bit tacky. By this time, the place was swarming and I didn’t want to bother him, so I just went up, shook his hand and said ‘Good job and good luck.’ Then I got in my car and drove home to tell my wife about the wild story of “How I met Chris Davis (her favorite player).” I also told her that he was even better looking in person! My wife swooned a bit ...”

Lots of small-world moments here for me. Chris Davis being at the scene of an accident on 295, Soukup lives in Severn - where I grew up - and he went to school with one of my old neighbors in Sykesville.

I suppose the Davis part of the story is most interesting.

I’m just disappointed that Davis wasn’t wearing a cape like his action figure.

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