This 5 vs. 12 match up in the Robinson region features a Ravens moment from the Super Bowl and an Orioles moment involving the future of the starting rotation. Jacoby Jones touchdown catch in the Super Bowl capped off a huge game for the New Orleans native. Dylan Bundy debuts in relief at Fenway Park and handles his own.
#5 – Jacoby Jones TD Catch In Super Bowl
This seeding really shows how great of a year it was for sports in the Charm City. Jacoby Jones makes an outstanding play to extend the Ravens lead to three scores in in the Super Bowl, and it’s sitting all the way down at a 5 seed. This play really showed of all that Jacoby Jones has to offer. The straight-line speed to absolutely toast the 49ers CB off the line of scrimmage was one thing, but the play didn’t get really interesting until he caught the ball. After catching the throw, Jones had to make two San Francisco DB’s miss to get into the end zone, and he showed exactly how dangerous he is in open space by leaving them both grasping at air on his way to pay turf.
The Ravens only won the Super Bowl by three points, so I think this is underrated as a huge moment on their way to victory. They needed every bit of the 21-3 cushion this play provided to hold off San Francisco in the waning moments, and I think this play would be bigger if Jones didn’t go and outdo himself a quarter later.
#12 – Dylan Bundy Debut In Boston
Ah, the prodigal son gets his first moment in the sun. Bundy was another link in a long line of highly touted pitching prospects getting their first cup of coffee in the bullpen (David Price anyone?) It’s tough, I understand what this moment represents (that the O’s believe Bundy is ready for the bigs sooner rather than later), but it could’ve been made better in a few ways.
One, this game could’ve been in Baltimore where the fans would’ve absolutely lost their minds to see the number one pitching prospect in baseball makes his debut. Instead, it took place in Boston where he was treated as just another Orioles bullpen pitcher. Two, he didn’t ring anybody up, instead recording two fly outs (one to deep center) to end the inning. Bundy will have plenty of moments on countdowns like this for the next 15 years, but I think that O’s fans will have to wait a little longer to see him advance in one of them.
Voting is open from 2:00 PM on Sunday February 24 to 2:00 PM Monday February 25.