Angelos in clubhouse, Johnson’s gifts
Orioles principal owner Peter Angelos made a rare appearance in the home clubhouse following Baltimore’s 3-2 win over the Yankees Monday night, and the 83-year-old was presented with a special gift from closer Jim Johnson.
Johnson presented Angelos with the baseball from his 43rd save on Sept. 16 a game that clinched the organizations first winning season in 15 years. Angelos also went around the clubhouse and shook hands with various players as the Orioles –fresh off their first postseason win since 1997 – prepared to head to New York tied 1-1 in the American League Division Series.
It was a busy day for Johnson, who also ponied up a$200 check to reliever Darren O’Day which will go toward Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter. The pair of pitchers had been playing the pickup basketball game H.O.R.S.E. on the court in the tunnel of Camden Yards, with a wager of $20 a game and Johnson presented the check to O’Day –along with a larger-than-life- cardboard one that hung above his locker — before Monday’s game.
“Usually I go with the free throw for the ending, for the E, and he can’t make it,” O’Day said of Johnson. “He’s like Shaq. Much better pitcher than basketball player, that’s for sure.”