Baltimore Orioles Chain Talk: The O’s got a HR chain, and it’s fire
The Baltimore Orioles have a chain, and if you haven’t noticed, it is fire! Follow along with us as we track the chain usage and break down its story.
Welcome to a new weekly edition here at Birds Watcher, where we break down each week’s chain usage. Who wore it the most, rocked it the best, and who is the champion of the chain so far. Since this is the inaugural week of “chain talk,” let’s start at the very beginning with the origin of the Baltimore Orioles HR chain.
According to the Baltimore Orioles media, the chain was initially worn and owned by Mr. Fired-up-guy. What started as a flash of accouterment to his ballpark attire quickly drew the attention of others. According to a video link posted by the Orioles (posted below), Fired-up-guy handed it off to Orioles 1B coach, Anthony Sanders’ son, Logan, and it made its way into the clubhouse.
Once there, players will do what players do, and it immediately becomes a thing. Through the initial stages of the chain (Monday and Tuesday), it lay helpless in the Baltimore Orioles dugout, only being worn once by Felix Bautista after he turned in a scoreless excursion on the mound.
Baltimore Orioles Chain Tracker: The O’s got a HR chain, and it’s fire
That was Tuesday, but then Wednesday came, and things started to heat up. As the Baltimore Orioles dominated their former first-round pick, Dylan Bundy, Cedric Mullins, and Ramon Urias were the initial HR recipient of the chain. Ced grabbed it first after blasting a 2-run shot into rightfield, but then Urias took it just moments later after he smashed a 2-run bomb.
As things progressed through the week, the chain kept moving. If things on Tuesday were heating up, then Wednesday night was straight on fire! The O’s beat the Twins 5-3 and split the series, but they did so by hitting five solo home runs. Ryan Mountcastle bookends the night, starting and finishing the HR show, and Mullins, Jorge Mateo, and Austin Hayes all got a piece of the chain.
Watching the excitement of earning the chain has caught fire, not only from the fans but the players themselves. This has been the more potent we have seen the Orioles’ offense be all year, and they don’t look to be slowing down.
Being that this is the inaugural week of the new segment, keeping tabs on who leads the year’s tracker should be pretty easy to follow along with (even we can’t screw this math up):
Birds Watcher: Orioles Chain Talk Tracker:
Cedric Mullins – 2x
Ryan Mountcastle – 2x
Ramon Urias – 1x
Austin Hayes – 1x
Jorge Mateo – 1x
Felix Bautista – 1x (The only pitcher)
The excitement is accurate, and it’s electric everywhere you look. The Baltimore Orioles have made May much better than April so far and look to do so Saturday and Sunday with a three-game homestand against the Royals. Will Big Felix be the only pitcher ever to dawn the chain? Who will break the deadlock at the top, or will someone else take the lead? Find out next week, right here!