Slugger Chris Davis can't help the Baltimore Orioles on the field right now, but he is doing things that are more important than hitting home runs.
Last week, Davis was suspended 25 games after testing positive for amphetamines. That means that his 2014 regular season is over, and the Orioles will have to advance past the American League Division Series for him to have a chance to play again this season.
Davis is known for having great power, and he was able to put his strength to good use recently.
Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com exchanged emails with Mike Soukup, who had a great Davis story from Monday to share.
Davis was reportedly on his way to the airport to pick up some buddies when an accident happened right in front of him. A truck's tire apparently blew out on the freeway and sent the vehicle into a wall. One man was ejected from the truck, and another man was then pinned under the truck. Doing the right thing, Soukup and the first baseman got out of their cars to try to help out.
Here are some more details on the situation from Soukup, per Kubatko:
He was bleeding pretty badly and gasoline was dripping out of the truck. The first man waved me over, and he, and I, and a woman started trying to lift the truck off of the pinned man. It was too heavy for the three of us—it was an old, large model pick-up and was VERY heavy. However, within a half-a-minute, another five to six folks had jumped out and started helping. We were able to pick the truck back up onto its wheels—unpinning the man.
When I turned to look at the first man, I instantly noticed a VERY strong resemblance to Chris Davis. He didn't have any Orioles gear on (so I wasn't sure ... there was no big '19' on him anywhere!), except his tennis shoes were black and orange. We glanced at each other with a "good job" look and I said, "Chris?" He said, "Yeah?" "Chris Davis?" "Yeah?" I said, "One hell of a way to meet Chris Davis ... and by the way, I think they screwed you over big-time and I support you 100 percent." He said "Thanks, it really means a lot to hear that," and was very sincere about it.
It looks like Davis and others were in the right place at the right time to help someone in need.
Some fans might have tried to get an autograph or a picture with a celebrity or athlete after meeting him. That crossed Soukup's mind, but he decided against the move, thinking it might seem "tacky." Given the situation, Soukup probably did the right thing.
It was never a secret that Davis is a strong man. Now, we know that he is strong enough to help lift a truck off of a man.