When the longest hitless streak in major league history ended and when the Baltimore Orioles wrapped up their sixth victory of the season with a 9-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox, Chris Davis channeled his inner Rocky Balboa and walked into the visitors clubhouse with his fists above his head, a smile streaking across his face. His teammates prepared a hero's welcome too, banging the walls of their lockers, turning the scene into an impromptu "STOMP" performance. Davis looked around at the joy emanating from his teammates and felt a weight lift off his shoulders.
No more questions about when he'd get a hit again. No more questions for his teammates about his slump. No more bars offering free drinks contingent on Davis' notching his first hit of the season. No more worries about a historic slump.
"It was the elephant in the room for a while," Davis said.
At 33, Davis is the oldest player on one of the youngest rosters in the league -- the Orioles' average age is 27.79 years old. There's only so much someone can do when he finds himself in the middle of the biggest slump in major league history. Davis did everything in his control, especially the past five days. The Orioles' youngsters all took note.