What did we learn this year at Camden Yards? A week is all it takes for Baltimore to fall in love with one of its rookies. And it helps if you can hit lefties, too.
With his third home run in three starts since being called up last Sunday by the Orioles, rookie Trey Mancini joined an exclusive group in major league history and further cemented his status as the darling of a fan base desperate for someone to embrace.
Last time this happened, it was outfielder Joey Rickard during the first week of the season. And from the impact Mancini has had on a veteran team to the aw-shucks manner he has handled it, the similarities are plenty.