COLUMBIA, Md. - Carlos Dennis was first in line at the AT&T store in Columbia, at six o'clock last night.
[You camped out? Are they releasing a new iPhone or something?} “Na na,” Dennis laughed, “I am just a big fan of the Orioles. Chris Davis, especially."
He and hundreds of others.
The line to meet Davis weaved from the front to the side down the back and up front again of this nondescript strip mall; traffic was a mess on Dobbin road and the suburban cookie cutter store front was flooded by an orange sea.
Even Chris Davis thought something big was going down.
[Did you get caught in the traffic jam yourself?] “We did a little bit,” Davis said. “I was kind of wondering why everybody was standing outside. I was getting excited and then I found out it was for me and I was a little disappointed."
But for the onslaught of fans he is the main event signing shirts, baseballs, pictures...even an orange crush soda which Davis remarked is the first time he was ever asked to ink a soft drink.
This is major league baseball's home run leader who leaves all of us on the edge of the couch every time he is up at bat; slowly chipping away at a number Davis feels is the true mark of power in the game.
"It's just kind of the way I feel about it. Whether I feel like I will hit 61 or not I don't know. Is that my goal? No. My goal is to make the post season, but if I hit 61 and we make the post season it'd be a pretty good year."
For now Davis says he's not aware of his pace and doesn't pay it much mind, but all the fans do.
Fans of not just his homeruns, but everything else he is doing along with his teammates for this franchise and this city.
A class act worth staying up all night to be the first to being the last one in line hoping to get in the door.
[Who's got better odds today, you meeting Chris Davis or the Orioles getting to the playoffs?] “Probably the Orioles getting to the playoffs at this rate," said Cindy Ochs who brought up the rear, “this is crazy.”
But those are odds I think we'll all take.
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