Davis not ready to wake up from dream season
BALTIMORE– Chris Davis had a dream last month that he was traded back to Texas.
The ridiculous premise of the imaginary deal — Davis for injured Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira and some pitching — didn’t stop it from seeming real, and in the dream, Davis stormed into Orioles manager Buck Showalter’s office and tried to fist-fight him.
“He goes, ‘Well, I hope you would try to beat me up,’” Davis said of Showalter’s reaction the next day in Toronto when he relayed the dream’s events. “It felt so real. I woke up and was breathing heavy and just was like, ‘Ahh!’”
Most mornings start considerably better for Davis, who tied Reggie Jackson’s American League record from 1969 for most homers before the All-Star break with his Major League-leading 37th shot Sunday against the Blue Jays. Last month, Davis became the first player in baseball history to have at least 30 homers and 25 doubles before July. If the team is home and it’s been a while — perhaps a few games — between homers, Davis’ wife, Jill, will make sweet potato pancakes.
The breakfast, Davis’ favorite, isn’t an everyday thing. As Davis explains, it was only recently that the couple, married in 2011, figured out the correlation between the pancakes and his homers, and it’s become a secret weapon of sorts to help avoid long power outages. That two-run homer off Justin Masterson on June 25, his first in four games, was a pancake morning. So was the one against the Angels last month that stopped an eight-game homerless stretch.
Jill is already looking into the kitchen situation at the hotel for next week’s All-Star Game, where Davis — the AL’s top vote-getter — will start at first base and participate in Monday’s Chevrolet Home Run Derby. They could, of course, go somewhere to get pancakes, but it wouldn’t be the same.
And what Davis is doing, having already set career highs in homers and RBIs on a historical run through the first three-plus months of the season, is nothing if not distinctive.
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