In a surprise move last week, the Baltimore Orioles decided to call up top-prospect Manny Machado as they battle for their first playoff berth in 14 years. Although many fans seemed hesitant about rushing the 2010 first-round pick too fast, Machado has made a huge splash during his brief introduction to the majors; going 6 for 16 with 3 Home runs and 7 RBIs. Our own Cal Ripken Jr. recently sat down with Machado to discuss his transition from high-school to professional baseball.
During a baseball season that features the likes of rookie sensations 2012 Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, could Machado enter the superstar rookie conversation? I bet Orioles fan Adam Corder hopes so!
Corder was the lucky fan that happened to catch Machado’s first AND second home run balls on Friday. He was gracious enough to give Machado his first home run ball in return for several signed items that included a few Orioles signed hats, bats and baseballs!
Here is Corder showing off some of his new Machado memorabilia while he explains to WMAR-TV his lucky night: