In the joyous Orioles clubhouse, as players burn through 13 cases of champagne after winning the World Series, Eddie Murray proclaims what is now obvious to all.
“Our strength,” the slugging first baseman says, “is someone else doing it every day.”
A carousel of unsung heroes leads the Orioles this week to a three-game sweep in Philadelphia, giving Baltimore its third world championship, four games to one, over the Phillies.
In a 3-2 victory, pinch-hitter Benny Ayala (a .221 hitter in the regular season) rips an RBI single off Steve Carlton, a 300-game winner, then races home with the deciding run.
The next day, second baseman Rich Dauer (.235) gets three hits...