Praising Chris Dickerson For “Grit”
Chris Dickerson has been my favorite new addition to the Orioles roster this season — and not just because of his amazing walkoff homer against the Tigers last week. Dickerson has been a serviceable fourth outfielder for the O’s and has filled in nicely when needed at the plate in Buck Showalter‘s lineup.
On Thursday, Dickerson showed the 14,000 fans in attendance at Minute Maid Park and the hundreds watching at home why he’s climbing the list of Zach’s Favorite O’s and he did so with a fielder’s choice.
In the top of the fourth with one out Dickerson hit a ground ball to Astros third baseman Matt Dominguez, a definite double play ball. Dominguez briefly hesitated with his throw, but caught J.J. Hardy at second base while Dickerson bolted down the first base line. He narrowly beat out the throw from Marwin Gonzalez and was called safe.
It certainly wasn’t what Dickerson was trying to do at the dish, but his effort ended up paying off. The next batter, Ryan Flaherty would single and move Dickerson to third base. Then, with Taylor Teagarden at the plate, Dickerson would score on a wild pitch from Bud Norris for the Orioles third run of the game.
Baltimore would win 3-1. His run didn’t determine the game, but that doesn’t matter. Call it “grit” (actually don’t, that’s annoying). Call it “Orioles baseball.” Call it “playing the game the right way.” Whatever you want to call it, Dickerson demonstrated exactly what you want to see from a fill-in player — from any player for that matter.