Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette apparently didn't, and his team wouldn't likely be chasing the American League East lead if he didn't take a waiver on the 30-year-old veteran outfielder.
Despite the Orioles' 8-5 loss to the Yankees Friday night at Camden Yards, McLouth again showed flashes of what made him one of the most exciting players in the game during his career year of 2008.
McLouth recorded his first three-hit game as an Orioles and also tallied a pair of doubles against Yankees starter Phil Hughes, his first two-double game since June 25, 2011 as a member of the Atlanta Braves at San Diego.
But it was McLouth's glove that became a focus of Friday's game.
When former Oriole Steve Pearce hit a fly ball to left with one on in the fourth inning, McLouth drifted to the warning track and leaped against the fence, his glove extended over the top of the wall. He slightly mistimed his jump -- a fan in a Yankees T-shirt reaching out to catch the ball probably didn't help -- and Pearce's ball landed in the first row for a two-run homer that gave the Yankees a 5-0 lead.
"I had it," McLouth said. "And it was unfortunate because it’s a run. And it was a fairly, I don’t want to say easy catch, but I was standing there kind of waiting for it. And I haven’t seen the replay but something hit my glove. And I’m sure it was someone’s hand of arm or something like that."
In the ninth, Nick Swisher hit a ball to the exact same spot, and this time McLouth's jump as perfect, and he overcame more contact -- replays showed the same Yankees fan grabbing at McLouth's glove -- to rob Swisher of a home run and keep the Orioles in the game.
"We got down early and we battled," McLouth said. "We scored some runs and kind of kept them on their toes a little bit. If you are going to lose a game, at least we were in it."