Our portion of voting for the SB Nation MLB awards concludes today, as we set ourselves to coronating the BIGGEST ORIOLES HIT OF THE YEAR. Each one of us already knows in his or her heart what was the single most clutch hit of the year for the team, perhaps the most clutch Orioles hit of many of our lifetimes. Some among you may make a different choice out of some contrary impulse, but I will not judge you for being wrong.
Voting is still open for all of the previous categories, and will remain open through November 16. If you haven't voted yet, go vote now for the other categories: Funniest Moment, Most Regrettable Moment, and Best Defensive Play.
The choices below were narrowed down after you nominated your picks on Friday. There were a lot of big hits on the way to the Orioles winning 99 games between the regular season and the ALDS. These were some of the biggest.
Now on to the choices.
THE MOMENT: Wieters' 1 o'clock walkoff
The Orioles and the Pirates played a lot of baseball on May 1. I should know, I was there. They played a twi-night doubleheader, interrupted by multiple rain delays, and the second game went into extra innings. They started playing at 4 o'clock, and by the 10th inning of the second game, it was after midnight. When Matt Wieters came to the plate, he had enough of baseball for one day and sent us all home.
THE MOMENT: Davis' pinch-hit walkoff bomb
On June 23, the Orioles faced off against Chris Sale, and despite 11 hits, they only got two runs against him. They trailed, 4-3, going into the ninth inning. The first two men reached. With one out, Delmon Young, who had three hits, was due up. Chris Davis pinch hit and brought Birdland off of the bench with him. He received a pie in the face in tribute.
THE MOMENT: Cruz's bases loaded triple
Nelson Cruz hit a lot of home runs for the Orioles this year. On September 7 against the Rays, he hit two of those home runs, but the coolest hit of the day was when he came up with the bases loaded, trailing 4-2, and cleared the bases with an opposite-field triple. He finished the game a double short of the cycle.
It's a scientifically-proven fact that all big Orioles hits should be called by Gary Thorne.
THE MOMENT: Paredes' pinch-hit heroics
Jimmy Paredes is one of those fringe Dan Duquette type players who probably would not amount to much as a full time player, but that's not why Duquette grabs them. He grabs them because he has a role in mind... like pinch-hitting in extra innings against a left-handed reliever, with two outs, the bases loaded, and the Orioles trailing 1-0. Jimmy!
THE MOMENT: Delmon destroys Detroit
You know exactly where you were when this happened. If you're lucky, you were at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
As Captain Planet would say: The power is yours! Vote in the poll below, and if you feel like it, share your memories of these and other awesome Orioles hits from this season. What were some of your other unheralded favorites?