Davis holds court

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is clearly ready to be back as he’s been bouncing around the clubhouse like a little kid. Davis’ 25-game suspension ends today and he’s in the lineup as the O’s designated hitter. I’ll have a full story up shortly on Orioles.com, but here is what he said…

On how it feels to be back…

“It feels good. Obviously, watching the game, everybody’s having all the fun, hitting home runs, scoring a bunch of runs. It’s good to be a part of it today. I missed these guys, even though I wasn’t really gone. Still hanging around with them on the field, just being around with them and competing. Wearing that uniform, it’s exciting.”

On if he has a different mindset…

“There’s no doubt. The perspective, I think you realize when something like the suspension comes up, it’s really a privilege to be here and a blessing to play at this level each and every day. I mean, we work hard, day in and day out to prepare ourselves and to give ourselves the best opportunity to succeed, but at the end of the day, it’s a privilege to be here and be a part of this team.”

On if he’s got extra motivation this season to make the playoffs

“I mean, that’s something that’s been a goal of mine since I got here. I was fortunate enough in 2012 to be a part of a team that went on a magical run and got to play a little bit in the postseason. Kind of experienced that the first time in a long time here. It was tough watching the team play last year and obviously lose in the ALCS. That’s something that I think is expected, not only from our fans, but from the guys in the clubhouse to be there every year, and I’m looking to get back there.”

On if this is the most excited he’s been for a game in a while..

“It’s close. I feel like Opening Day kind of is special just because what it means to everybody. It was important to me to be able to open up at home. That’s something I definitely looked at the schedule at the end of last year to see where we started. I was almost kind of relieved to see we started on the road. I didn’t want to miss the home opener. That’s pretty special for me. I was glad the way the guys competed yesterday and got the win. I’m glad to be back and be in the mix again.”

On if September 10 seems like a long time ago…

“Yeah, it does. Of course, Buck is like, ‘do you know when the last time you played a major league baseball game was?’ Yeah, on Thursday. It seems like a long time ago. A lot has gone on, a lot has changed, and I think a lot for the better to be honest with you. I wasn’t in a good place mentally last year. Physically, I wasn’t in a good place. It’s nice to put that behind me and start fresh again.”

On if it’s anticlimatic because he played all spring and missed just one game…

“I don’t know if you want to call it being fortunate but I was definitely lucky with the way things kind of timed out only having to miss one game. The fact that they made the postseason and went so deep was huge for me. I feel good, I felt good all spring. Feel like I’m swinging the bat well. There are still things I need to work on.”

On preparing for hostile crowds…

“Don’t sell them short [at Tropicana Field]. I think I kind of have to take what they give me. One of the biggest things for me was going through 2013, all the false accusations and having to hear all that stuff about steroids because I was having success. I think that kind of prepared me to go out there and play, whether they are cheering for you or against you. You can go out there and ask any big leaguer, no matter what city you are in there are going to be people that are rooting for their hometown team and against you. It’s part of it.”

On if the suspension talk is over…

“I hope so. I’m excited to put all that behind me and move forward and start over again this year.”

On if he’s taking his medication, Vyvanyse, which is an ADHD drug…

“It’s fully in…Part of having a TUE is having to take your medications. If you don’t you lose it and everything Ive gone through is for nothing.”

2 Comments

I hope someone tells him one of the side effects of that Vvyanyse is a short temper and you become easily irradiated. I had to take my son off of it and we switched him to Folcalin I think I misspelled that anyway that worked great for him until Frito-Lay change our benefits and made it to expensive to buy.

Irradiated? What do that meen?

I get irritated when I don’t know what words mean.

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