The main theme running through the conversation with Torrey Smith was his commitment to make sure his infant son T.J. (Torrey Jeremiah) has all the love and fatherly attention possible from someone who could not take that for granted during his own childhood.
The crowd started gathering long before the guest of honor was due to arrive. They wore No. 82 jerseys, Super Bowl XLVII championship T-shirts and any other purple article of clothing they could find, turning Jimmy's Famous Seafood into a Ravens pep rally.
I immediately noticed that. We¿re not sure if Reed meant it to, but as the Ravens punched their ticket to the Super Bowl, Reed borrowed the Orioles¿ postseason mantra of 2012, ¿BUCKle Up.¿ It couldn't have been coincidence, right?
Maybe we all should have figured something was up when the final score of the NFC title game Sunday afternoon added up to 52. This postseason continued on its magical way later in the evening as the Ravens locked up their half of the HarBowl in New Orleans two weeks from now.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter served as an honorary captain for the Ravens on Sunday and received a loud ovation from the crowd at M&T Bank Stadium when he was introduced at midfield before the coin toss.
Discussing a player's hair is rarely relevant, but it is this week with the Cincinnati Bengals returning to M&T Bank Stadium for the first time since last November, when Bengals cornerback Adam Jones desperately yanked Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith down by his dreadlocks in a Ravens win.
One was expected to be a difference-maker right away. The other was supposed to take a little more time. But last season, Cincinnati's A.J. Green and Baltimore's Torrey Smith both scared the bejesus out of secondaries as the AFC North boasted two of the NFL's most dangerous and productive rookie receivers.