OK, how nutty is this season going?
Consider outfielder-infielder Steve Pearce, whom the Orioles bought for minimal cash from the New York Yankees on June 2.
He exercised an opt-out clause in his contract. Had he stayed withTriple-AScranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pearce would be in the middle of a 13-game road trip. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre team has been playing basically on the road all year, using the Rochester park as a home field at times because their park is under construction.
“We had to play with what we had," Pearce said. "It was a cluster. Tiny clubhouse, the weight room was in the hallway. We knew going into the season we had to deal with it. It was frustrating, but what can you do. I loved my team and I miss them, they were awesome guys. But as far as the atmosphere, it was good to get out of that place.”
So he came to Baltimore. Back to the big leagues – he had spent parts of five seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He gets an opportunity to play, partially because of all of the injuries to Orioles outfielders.
And on Thursday, he hits his first homer as an Oriole and drives in a career-high five runs. All against the Pirates, as the Orioles sweep them.
It’s been that kind of early season for the Orioles. Add Steve Peace’s name to the growing list of players who weren’t supposed to contribute. And have.