Chris Davis, who is on a regional cover of Sports Illustrated this week, had a little fun today talking about the achievement, what it means and the SI jinx – he actually, jokingly, threatened bodily harm for bringing it up.
Here’s the interview with local media
What’s your reaction to the cover?
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“It’s about time,” he deadpanned. “It’s only a matter of time before Chris Davis was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. No, I mean, it’s cool. Obviously, I’ve been a fan of Sports Illustrated since I was young. My grandfather had quite the collection because he had a subscription for a long time. And when I was a teen-ager, I was sitting at my grandparents’ house and I saw like a 150 Sports Illustrated issues underneath the coffee table and I was like, ‘Can I have these?’ He was like, ‘Yeah, I’ve already read most of them. They’re older.’ So it’s pretty cool. I think it is obviously good for the Orioles anytime you get attention on a stage that big. I think we’re obviously doing some things right and guys are starting to get some well-deserved recognition. I think it started in the All-Star Game having (five) guys there. But it is what it is.”
Have you thought about joining the ranks of sports’ greatest superstars like Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan?
“If I can have a career anywhere close to what those guys had in their sports, I’d obviously be pretty excited. It is an honor to be on the cover and for them to use me as kind of a spotlight. But it doesn’t change who I am.”
What are your thoughts on avoiding the SI Jinx?
“It isn’t like the Madden cover jinx, is it? You’re about to get shin-kicked right now for bringing that up. Well, I don’t know if there is any way you can avoid it unless you want me to walk around with cloves of garlic on my neck and do all that sort of stuff. It’s cool, but we obviously have a lot here to get accomplished and a lot here to stay focused on.”
Some Orioles fans are upset that you are just on the regional cover and not the national one. Your thoughts?
“Soccer is taking over the world. Who is the soccer player? (He was told, Mario Balotelli). I guess, why would you want an All-American name like (Chris Davis) on the cover. Seriously, just to have me on the cover of something as prestigious as Sports Illustrated, no matter what the audience is, is a special honor.”