The Baltimore Orioles have their first playoff game on Thursday. On Tuesday, they brought in a special guest to help them get ready.
Paul Azinger, the captain of the victorious 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup Team, stopped by Camden Yards in Baltimore to bring some inspiration to the American League East champions.
No video has surfaced of Azinger's speech but it's probably safe to bet that it had something to do with the Orioles' playoff mantra: We won't stop.
This is not the first time the Orioles have brought in Azinger to speak to the team. According to a tweet from Eduardo Encina, the Orioles beat writer for The Baltimore Sun, Azinger addressed the team in the spring.
Since whatever Azinger said in the spring helped the Orioles win 96 games this season, it's no surprise that Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who has a USGA 8.9 handicap at Texas National, would invite him back. Plus, we do know how much baseball players love to spend their free time out on the course. That would make the last U.S. captain to win a Ryder Cup a natural fit to speak to the team before the Orioles’ biggest series of the year so far.
What makes this a little strange is Azinger's baseball allegiances. Take a look at this tweet from earlier in the year.
Let's give Azinger a break though. The Rays, a divisional rival of the Orioles, struggled this year and missed the postseason so it's not like they're still competing against the Orioles.