Adam Loewen: Friend or foe?
I basically asked this question earlier this year.
But there may be a change in perspective now.
Adam Loewen has made it all the way back to the big leagues – and he hit a key homer Sunday that helped give the Toronto Blue Jays a 6-5 victory over the Orioles.
I spoke to Loewen this weekend in Toronto. He has always been a really good guy, and he was very gracious in our discussion. And, honestly, I can’t help but pulling for him a little bit.
He couldn’t help the fact that his left elbow betrayed him, effectively wasting the $4 million the Orioles gave him in 2002 as the fourth pick overall in the amateur draft.
But he could help the fact that when the Orioles released him – and had a handshake agreement to re-sign him to a minor league deal as a hitter – he instead chose to join the Blue Jays, the only team in his home country.
He said this weekend that he felt bad about ditching the Orioles, but he did what he thought was best for his career. He also wouldn’t rule out a return to the Orioles’ organization one day.
I wonder whether you guys would be OK with that, if you are pulling for him. Or will his sudden departure – after retiring as a pitcher – forever be a point of bitterness for Orioles fans?
And I am wondering whether your opinion on Loewen changed from this summer – now that he is officially a major leaguer and helped cost the Orioles a win.
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