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Re-living the piejinks

The Orioles had a lot of fun during their 96-win season. They finally had real pies instead of shaving cream, and Adam Jones made the most of them.

Patrick McDermott

One of the fun things to do after an Orioles win was wait and see if someone was going to get smashed in the face with a pie. Fans in the stands remained in the stands, fans watching on TV searched the background of the scene for a sign of Jones with a pie.

We're lucky enough to have photos for most of the pie incidents, and I thought it would be a fun trip down memory lane to check them out. I know that I'm missing at least one; unfortunately the photographers can't be there for everything. I know I'm missing one of Jonathan Schoop sitting with his back to the dugout wall to avoid the pie, only to have Adam walk up, remove his headphones, and smash the pie in his face. Some research tells me that was on August 11th. If you remember any other specific pie-ings, let me know in the comments!

3/31: Nelson Cruz: Cruz made a good first impression with his new team, hitting the first of what would be 40 home runs on Opening Day. His solo home run in the seventh inning off of Jon Lester was the difference for the O's in their 2-1 win. He scored both runs in the game, with the first coming after he took a lead off walk in the second inning. His reward was the first of many pies that Adam Jones would throw during season.

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4/12: David Lough: The Orioles walked off against the Toronto Blue Jays in the 12th inning thanks to an RBI single from Lough that knocked in Steve Lombardozzi. The final score was 2-1 with Lough also scoring the first run. After being pied, Lough hilariously stated that he's not even going to taste it, because he doesn't eat junk food. Gotta keep those abs looking sharp!


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4/26: Nick Markakis: There was no photo of this, so I had to turn to the GIF. According to Adam Jones, Nick Markakis doesn't get pied. So after he singled in the tenth inning to give the Orioles a 3-2 win over the Royals, J.J. Hardy presented him with a pie and a spoon. Jones later pied the Oriole Bird, because someone was getting a pie to the face.

Nick eating pie

5/10: Steve Clevenger: The Pride of Pigtown didn't spend much time with the Orioles this year, but he was there in early May to be a hero. After Tommy Hunter blew the save against the Astros, the O's scored one run in the ninth to tie it, then Clevenger doubled in Hardy for the game-winning RBI in the 10th.


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5/25: Steve Pearce: This photo of Pearce and the one of him below are two of my favorites of all the pie photos. He looks like Superman with the flag waving behind him, and Jones's face is perfect as he comes in from the side with the pie. Team Steve didn't know what hit him. Pearce had a good game in the 4-2 win over the Indians, with three hits, and RBI, and a run scored. But he didn't really play the hero; he just happened to be the one being interviewed by MASN.


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6/12: Caleb Joseph: The Orioles beat the Blue Jays 4-2 and Caleb was definitely just the guy who got pied because he was wearing the headset. But it was still a lot of fun, because what the heck was Joseph even doing on this team? Having the time of his life, that's what.


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6/14: Nick Hundley: Two days later it was Joseph's tag-team partner with the pie. Hundley had a sacrifice fly in the 3-2 win over the Blue Jays.


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6/23: Chris Davis: The struggling Chris Davis was given the day off against the White Sox, with Delmon Young taking his place in the batting order. Young had gone 3-for-4 at the plate when he spot came up in the ninth inning. The O's were down by one with runners on first and second, and Buck Showalter pulled Young in favor of Davis, who sent the crowd home happy with a walk off home run.


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6/25: Nelson Cruz: Two days after Davis hit a walk-off home run, the Orioles played into extra innings against the White Sox. Down 4-0 in the eighth inning, Cruz tied the game with one swing. The grand slam was his 24th home run in the season, and kept the Orioles in the game long enough for the White Sox to beat themselves. In the 12th inning, Hundley walked and then pinch runner David Lough went to third on a single and scored the winning run on a wild pitch.


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7/1: T.J. McFarland: Six players made 161 starts for the Orioles this year. The other game was started by this guy, and he made the most of his one opportunity. T.J. pitched five innings against the Rangers with just two runs allowed, which is pretty good for a guy who spent the entire season in the bullpen. It wasn't usual for a guy to get pied in an 8-3 win, but you can't say that T.J. didn't deserve it.


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7/2: Steve Pearce: Back on May 25th, Steve wasn't ready for the pie. This time, he was ready. After keeping an eye on the dugout to see when Jones was heading his way, Steve braced for impact. But no, the unsuspecting member of the MASN crew got it instead! You can't predict Adam Jones. Twice in this win Pearce walked, and twice Jones knocked him in.


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7/11: Nick Hundley: I was in the stands for this game, and when Hundley came up with a runner on second in the bottom of the 10th inning, my party was screaming for Buck to put in a pinch hitter. Hundley's game winning single was reminder #475 that Buck is smarter than me. The O's walked off against the Yankees, 3-2.


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7/29: Manny Machado: This game was in the middle of that stretch against A.L. West teams that looked scary but ended up being amazing. Chris Tillman and Jered Weaver were both terrible in this game, and it went into extras tied 6-6. Manny was the only batter in the bottom 12th inning and his walk-off home run gave the O's the victory.

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8/1: J.J. Hardy: Sometimes Jones was just too tired to smash a pie in a guy's face. Sometimes he just wanted to hand it to them. With the game tied 1-1 in the sixth inning, Hardy singled in the go-ahead run and the Orioles held on for a 2-1 victory. Hardy also walked in the game, which is rare enough that I felt like I should point it out.

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8/13: Adam Jones & Jonathan Schoop: Excluding playoff games, this may have been the best game I attended all season. It was the game I wrote about when we shared our favorite regular-season memories. Against the Yankees on national television, Schoop hit a bomb off of shutdown reliever Dellin Betances to tie the game, and four batters later Jones hit a three-run homer to put the O's ahead for good. The players were going crazy, the fans were going crazy. It was a great night.

Schoop Pie

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9/3: Miguel Gonzalez: MiGo pitched the first complete game of his major-league career on this night, and it was a beauty.  In the 6-0 win over the Reds, he gave up just four hits and one walk in nine innings pitched. He struck out eight, his highest total of the season. In the post game interview the topic of his last complete game came up, which was in 2007 pitching for the double-A Arkansas Travelers. MiGo got a little emotional talking about how far he's come, which got me a little bit emotional. But before we could all start crying, he realized that Jones was about to smash a pie in his face and he adorably said, "Aw, shit."

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9/12: Jimmy Paredes: In game one of a double header with the Yankees, the Orioles went into the 11th inning tied 1-1. The game was starting to drag on, people were wondering what would happen if it was still being played when game two was supposed to start at 7 p.m. But Paredes put those fears to rest. Pinch hitting for Jonathan Schoop with two on and two out, Paredes lined a double down the right field line. O's win! And they got to start the night game on time (they won that one, too).

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9/14: Kelly Johnson: Another nationally-televised game, another dramatic win against the Yankees. After 6 2/3 good innings by Chris Tillman followed by a dominant 1 1/3 from Andrew Miller, Darren O'Day blew a 2-1 lead on a home run to Brian McCann. But Kelly Johnson picked him up. After back-to-back doubles from Cruz and Pearce tied the game, Johnson lined another double to the right-center gap to knock in Pearce and win the game.

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9/15: Ryan Flaherty: Ryan Flaherty doesn't hit many home runs, but when he does they are usually pretty. He get that nice smooth swing on a ball from time-to-time that makes it look like he was born to hit balls onto the flag court. This was one of those games.

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9/16: Pretty much everyone: No one got pied at the immediate conclusion of this game because the players were too busy running on to the field to celebrate clinching the American League East. But later, during the post-game celebration, basically everyone got pied. Nick Markakis finally got pied, fans in the stands got pied, and the pie man himself, Adam Jones, got pied. That's him to the right, in case you can't tell. What an amazing night that was.
Jones Pie 9/16. Credit: Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun/MCT via Getty Images

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9/17: Christian Walker: The last pie of the regular season went to newbie Christian Walker. The real star of the win was Steve Pearce, who had two home runs and four RBI, but how many chances are you going to have to pie Christian Walker?

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