"I felt like today was probably the most polished and calm I've been out there since I've been up here," Gausman said.
If he keeps pitching like he did Sunday, Orioles fans will love watching this guy.
He'll be fun for the Orioles to watch, too. He's already a big hit in the O's clubhouse, where news of his quirks and superstitions have preceded him.
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Gausman ditched his celebrated in-game donut-eating habit when he got called up to the big leagues, probably because it made the team nutritionists clutch their chests in alarm.
But he still hops over the foul line on his way to and from the mound. And his first warm-up pitch every inning is still a laser thrown from the back of the mound while he does a crow-hop over the pitching rubber.
"Do you still do that thing with the socks?" I asked him Sunday.
"Yep," he said, looking sheepish.
Here's how he described the socks thing to me last year after his first outing for the Single-A Aberdeen Ironbirds:
"I put on one sock and go get something to drink. Then I put on the other sock, take it off and go get something to drink. Then I put it back on. Then I put on the other one and go get something to drink."
If you're starting to get the impression that it takes Gausman about three hours to get dressed before a game, you're not far off.
"What do your teammates up here think about the socks thing?" I asked.
"They don't know about that yet," he said. "I'm hoping they don't notice."
Yeah, good luck with that plan.
But if he keeps pitching the way he did Sunday, the Orioles won't care if he takes three days to get dressed.
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