His arrival in the Major Leagues has been much anticipated but that didn’t mean every seat at Camden Yards was sold out when Orioles prospect Manny Machado made his debut Friday night. In fact, there were plenty of good seats available in section 78. That’s where Adam Corder was sitting with his older brother and two friends.
The Orioles’ first round selection (#3 overall) in the 2010 First Year Player Draft out of Brito Private School in Miami, FL, Machado came into 2012 rated as the #2 prospect in the Orioles organization and the #11 prospect overall by Baseball America.
In the fifth inning of the game with Kansas City, Machado blasted a home run into the stands, not too far from where Adam was sitting. He outhustled the competition, across the aisle to pick it up. A fan offered him $2,000. He turned it down. Then an Orioles’ team rep came over and although the ball could have fetched a pretty penny at auction, the Millersville, MD native gave the ball back in exchange for some autographed jerseys and caps and a chance to turn the ball over to the 20-year-old third baseman.
Don’t cry too much for Adam, though. He’s the son of two doctors and he wound up with a Machado home run ball before the night was over anyway.
Incredibly, in the next inning, Machado hit another ball to the stands just below where the boys were sitting. Adam just reached over and picked that one up.
He’s keeping it, according to our friends at WMAR-TV.