The first of two in the Modell region feature this 2 vs. 15 match up. Ray Lewis announcing his retirement faces Chris Davis breaking a window during batting practice in Oakland.

#2 – Ray Lewis Announces His Retirement

Ray LewisEveryone knew it was coming. Ray Lewis’ durability in the most physically taxing sport on the planet, playing probably its most violent position was astonishing. But somewhere in the back of their mind, every Ravens fan knew that the ride was coming to an end at some point soon. That didn’t make it any less shocking when Lewis held a press conference prior to the playoffs to announce that the 2012-2013 season would be his last.

This Baltimore Ravens team won a Super Bowl because they were a supremely talented bunch of both sides of the ball. They executed better than each of their playoff opponents, and the stats in the box score will corroborate that. But if you think this announcement didn’t make the fire burn a little hotter in all the Ravens players, then you’re crazy. Because of their long and stories history, there are a number of faces that define the team across the street, but ask 100 football fines to name the player that defines the Baltimore Ravens, and they will all say Ray Lewis.

#15 – Chris Davis Breaks Luxury Box Window in Oakland

chris-davisInitially, it killed me that in the age of YouTube, Twitter, and various other forms of social media, there is NO VIDEO OF THIS. Apparently during BP in Oakland, Chris Davis hit a ball about a quarter mile that shattered a luxury box window in center field. There are a few tweets about it, and some pictures, but no video whatsoever. But the more I think about it, the more I kind of like the mystique factor.

The lack of actual evidence surrounding this feat hearken back to the days when all great accomplishments had to prove them was word of mouth and the evidence in the aftermath. Mickey Mantle is the undisputed king of these stories, most notably when he hit the façade in Yankee Stadium. I saw Giancarlo Stanton take batting practice at Nationals Park, and the sound of the ball coming off his bat is something I couldn’t forget if I tried, I think it broke the sound barrier. In the end, this Davis story is becoming cooler to me the more I write about it, maybe he’ll have one next year that’s not matched up against a Baltimore icons retirement.


Voting is open from 4:00 PM on Sunday February 24 to 4:00 PM Monday February 25.