BALTIMORE – Mark Reynolds wasn’t there throwing cards up in the air. That was the lasting image for many Orioles fans. Instead of having one of the starring roles in the team’s popular “I’m Glad You Came” video, Reynolds was sitting in the Cleveland Indians’ dugout on Monday afternoon.
Gone were the long curly blond locks, but there was a sizeable crowd around Reynolds, who the Orioles declined to sign after last year.
Reynolds began Monday batting .231 with 14 home runs and 44 RBIs and yes, 88 strikeouts in 72 games. Since May 30, Reynolds, who had a hot start is batting .176 with just one home run and three RBIs.
“I thought something happened. I didn’t know why all you guys were out here,” Reynolds said when he looked at the overly large media group.
“It’s good to be back. I missed playing here. I miss the guys. I miss the city. Where I’m at now is a good situation, a good team, a good manager.”
Reynolds said that he keeps track of how many of his ex-teammates are doing, and he admitted to feeling a little bit funny.
“It’s going to be fun. It’s easy to say it’s just another game, but it’s going to be weird playing against these guys, especailly that I had relationships with,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds received a polite reception prior to his first at-bat in the second inning when he fouled out to Nick Markakis.
His departure opened the door for Chris Davis’ emergence as a star first baseman.
“We saw last year that he was maturing and coming into his own. He’s always had the talent. It’s just a matter of him having the confidence in himself and putting it together,” Reynolds said.
Manager Buck Showalter admitted he was quite fond of Reynolds, who played for him in 2011 and 2012.
“It was kind of frustrating,” Showalter said. “Mark’s in a good place, good organization, good manager, good teammates. An easy guy to manage. I would have liked to have him. It just didn’t work out.”