Before he opted out of his minor league contract with the Orioles, veteran left-hander Randy Wolf unleashed a pitch that hit the suite level at Harbor Park in Norfolk. It seems like he did it on purpose.
David Hall, who covers the Tides for The Virginian-Pilot, relayed a bizarre story in his piece on the Tides’ 2-1 win Sunday.
Hall said that in Wolf’s last appearance, he warned manager Ron Johnson that something strange was going to happen. Hall wrote:
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During Game 1 on Saturday, he threw a pitch that sailed to the top of the grandstand and bounded off the facade of a suite.
It apparently wasn't an accident.
Johnson said that before the inning, Wolf pulled him aside and said, "You're going to see something next inning. I'm not crazy. Just don't worry about it."
In telling the story Sunday, Johnson said: "And then I started worrying about it."
Wolf, 37, opted out of his deal Sunday, a move the Orioles officially announced Monday.
Wolf had a 4.20 ERA in six appearances with Norfolk, and he must have known that he was on his way out before the last one, because what better time to pay back some kind of bet/follow through on a dare/generally do something insane than what could be your last professional baseball appearance?
This isn't the first time something bizarre has happened without explanation for the Tides.
Last month, outfielder Quintin Berry was tossed from a game, then ran the bases in protest. On a team with so many former major league players and minor league lifers, I'm sure it can be a tense environment as they strive to get back. Kudos to these guys for breaking that up.