Rick Vanden Hurk made his Orioles debut this past Sunday against the Rangers, and pitched a scoreless 7th inning, striking out two straight batters after walking leadoff hitter Julio Borbon. He managed to pick off Borbon after the walk, so it was a fairly impressive debut. Rick had been called up to the Orioles from the AAA Norfolk Tides on August 16th, so he had to wait 6 days before appearing in a game for the O's. I asked him before the game how the waiting game was going and he said "I just go with the flow", so it doesn't seem like it bothered him very much.
|Getting a ball to warm-up with, maybe an extra to toss to the fans too?|
|Thanks for signing Rick!|
Rick was born in Eindhoven, Netherlands and is the only current and one of only 7 all-time Dutch born players in the Majors. He didn't appear to have any sort of accent when I briefly spoke to him prior to Sunday's game. It was EXTREMELY hot on the field, so nobody was saying much, but he seemed like a nice guy and signed probably 100-200 autographs.