The Baltimore Orioles have been the surprise of the 2022 Major League Baseball season.
The O’s haven’t finished above .500 since 2016 and were arguably the worst team in the league in 2021, finishing with a 52-110 record.
That abysmal record followed a 54-108 season in 2019 and a 47-115 record in 2018.
This season, however, the Orioles are already 72-64. Unfortunately, they reside in the American League East so they’re only in fourth place in their division, two and a half games behind the Blue Jays and three and a half games behind the Mariners and Rays for a Wild Card spot. (Their 72 wins would lead the AL Central.)
So, unlike in recent seasons, every game in September still holds a lot of importance for Baltimore, especially those against the Blue Jays.
Knowing this, Orioles players are pulling out all the stops, something that was certainly evident Tuesday night in bottom of the eighth inning.
During that inning, with a one-run lead, Baltimore second baseman Rougned Odor hit what appeared to be a single to center field. Instead, he turned on the jets and attempted to turn it into a double, but appeared to be out rather easily.
That’s when this happened…
Rougie Odor had the O's broadcast absolutely baffled with this swim move pic.twitter.com/l8sDYJ2lWr
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) September 7, 2022
“He is going to be out by 30 feet…”
This might be one of the best slides to avoid a tag I’ve ever seen pic.twitter.com/jPP6cNq3U4
— Ben Palmer (@benjpalmer) September 7, 2022
Move over, Trea Turner.
Baseball fans who saw Rougned Odor’s Matrix-like slide couldn’t believe he was safe
To not lose contact with the base is crazy— Dad Strafford (@DanStrafford) September 7, 2022
It really was a roller coaster of emotions.
An exact summary of my emotions watching that Odor double pic.twitter.com/LmL0LYvb7s— Orioles Fan Problems (@OriolesFanProbz) September 7, 2022
Interestingly, this wasn’t the first time Rougned Odor got the attention of the broadcaster and fans Monday night.
He was also one of the peacemakers when benches cleared in the seventh inning after Bryan Baker struck out Blue Jays third baseman Matt Chapman.
The Blue Jays and Orioles benches clear after Bryan Baker struck out Matt Chapman to end the top of the seventh. pic.twitter.com/ta30veGijc
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) September 7, 2022
That’s right. This guy…
We'll always have Rougned Odor vs. Jose Bautista… pic.twitter.com/XMUl1KqMZ7
— Joey Hayden (@_joeyhayden) March 29, 2021
… played peacemaker.
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