During that relief appearance –– where he pitched two innings –– he made the Oriole bird logo stitched on baseball cap proud. As it turns out, Hunter also received a good luck charm from a real bird Wednesday.
While Hunter was in the bullpen, a bird left some droppings that plopped straight onto his cap. Ironically, it was bird-on-bird crime, since the defecation took place right next to the Orioles logo.
“I was minding my own business, not doing anything. I thought it was [reliever Luis] Ayala throwing stuff at me. You know, he usually does. So I didn’t know what it was,” Hunter said. “I just thought someone threw a piece of gum and hit me. It wasn’t a piece of gum, man.
“Everybody just started dying laughing. Then everybody said it was good luck. Then we won. … I was getting ready to go warm up and it went [plop] and I looked at it and everyone started laughing. I had bird [droppings] on my head.”
The good luck resulted in Hunter’s fourth win of the season. And maybe, just maybe, he should considering wearing the cap for the rest of the season.