Davis shocked by All-Star fan support

Davis shocked by All-Star fan support
July 7, 2013, 1:45 pm
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Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis (19) during their game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays beat the Orioles 7-6.

(Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK – Chris Davis was surprised to find out that he’d beaten out Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera as the overall vote leader for the American League’s All-Star team.

“I figured he’d probably run away with it, especially with the year he’s having and the fact that he’s in the running for another Triple Crown,” Davis said.

Davis received 8.27 million votes

“It means a lot. Not only were our fans, but everybody across the nation was voting as well, and that I have their support. Anytime you’re doing well, you know your hometown fans are behind you, but to know that other teams are watching and other teams’ fans are watching and taking notice, it’s a great honor,” Davis said.

“The biggest thing for Baltimore is they wanted a winner after losing for 14 straight years, they wanted something they could believe in again. We’ve given them that, so they’ve obviously showed their support in more ways than one.”

Davis reiterated that he would participate in the Home Run Derby on July 15 at New York’s Citi Field.

“Just as much as the All-Star Game, as much as that means to me, as a power hitter, it’s something that I’ve watched since I was a little kid and something I always wanted to do,” Davis said.

Manager Buck Showalter gave Davis some advice about the home run hitting contest.

“I did tell him that if he gets into, realize that a ball that scrapes the fence, realize that it counts as much as one of those wow home runs,” Showalter said.