O's Davis finds warm greeting on road, too

October 12, 1997|By Roch Kubatko

CLEVELAND -- Eric Davis' courageous comeback from cancer surgery has made him a crowd favorite at more than Camden Yards. The fans here at Jacobs Field also have embraced the Orioles' right fielder.

"I came to the ballpark and there was a fan dressed all in Cleveland Indians gear, and a sign that said, 'We Love You Eric.' Everybody's been great," Davis said before yesterday's Game 3.

"It's not something I hunger for, but I appreciate it and I try to show my appreciation."

His return to Cleveland also means he has come full circle in his illness. It was here that Davis experienced the severe stomach pains that forced him out of a May 24 game. Three weeks later, he underwent colon cancer surgery.

"It's not a historical place where tragedy happened. That's not on my mind," he said. "It just happened to be the place where I felt the worse. Cleveland's not a jinx or anything."

Pub Date: 10/12/97

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