Chris Davis talks about MVO, MVP and contract extension

September 29, 2013|By Dan Connolly | The Baltimore Sun

Chris Davis was officially named the 2013 Most Valuable Oriole on Sunday. I guess that’s what happens when you break the franchise record for homer runs -- with 53 -- and drive in a major league-best 138 runs.

Yeah, it’s been a pretty good season for Davis. He received all but one first place vote from the media that covers the team. Adam Jones got that one. Jones finished second overall and Manny Machado third. Chris Tillman also received some votes.

Here’s an excerpt from Davis’ news conference:

“It’s been a really fun year for me personally, a little disappointing at the end, obviously, not making the postseason. Just to be on a winning team, I think a lot of guys have had successful years not on winning teams and it’s been bittersweet. For me to be on a team that was really in it ‘til the last couple weeks and have the year I’ve had has been a blessing.

“To be honest with you, I got sick and tired of seeing Adam Jones win it every year,” Davis joked. “So I figured I’d do my best to get him out of there. Jonesy has had a great year for us. I can go down the line with guys who have had great years.

“You know how I tell you guys I always keep my goals to myself? My goal was actually to hit 60. So, I’m a little disappointed this year,” he joked. “No, I couldn’t have [dreamed this season].  I’ve said that before. I think growing up even in the minor leagues when you start to get a sense of what player you are going to be and what you are capable of, I always thought 40 [homers] was a big number. Never dreamed of hitting 50 home runs, much less breaking the single-season [franchise] record. But, it’s one of those things where if I didn’t have the guys in front of me and behind me in the lineup, I would have never been here. We all know how much I like to swing. It makes it a lot easier to hit when there’s guys in scoring position.

“I really, really struggled for two years. I’m talking below .200, striking out every at-bat. I just got to the point where I quit worrying so much about the result, started looking at the work and preparation that went into it. I can’t say enough about what it’s meant to come in here and play every day. Not only that, but to be able to wear my hat backwards in the clubhouse and not have somebody look down your nose at you. To be myself ... when you have a clubhouse you can go to every day and really relax, feel like you are part of a family, it makes it easier."

Was there a homer that stood out?

“When I was getting close to 51 or 50, I hit one off John Danks, I’m not sure which [it was 48] one, but I had really been struggling a couple of weeks before that. I felt like honestly, I wasn’t going to hit another home run. It wasn’t even about getting the record as much as it was about being a force in the lineup at such a crucial point in the season. I was a little down on myself and actually, the at-bat before, I think I squibbed one up the middle and stole second, and John stepped off the back of the mound, and I’ve known him since I was in Texas, and he said: ‘I thought you were supposed to be a power hitter.’ I kind of laughed a little bit and I took him deep the next at-bat, which kind of showed him.

“It was one of those where I saw everybody else get fired up, and I realized not only how much it meant to me, but how much it meant to the guys around me. You can’t say enough about my teammates. I can’t imagine coming into a clubhouse, where you dread going into it every day. It’s really nice to know I’m welcome in there every day.”

Have you been able to contemplate the numbers you’ve put up?

“A little bit. I think after we were eliminated, I didn’t want to sit back and start reflecting because I felt like we still had a few games, and especially coming back and finishing up at home. Nobody wants to lose out at home. There was a certain emotion that we weren’t home and wanted to come home and win out and end the season on as positive a note as we really could and I’ve thought about it here and there. My buddies joke around with 53 -- ‘It’s not 73’ -- and giving me a hard time about it. I haven’t really sat down and started thinking about what the numbers say, but what I’ve been through this year with the first All-Star Game, being the leading vote-getter. There are so many things that I could have never imagine happened. Maybe when I get home and go to sleep for 18 hours, I’ll think about it.”

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