O’s rookie welcomed to clubhouse

Orioles farmhand Kevin Gausman has been known to
eat a few donuts.

In fact, the 22-year-old righty used to eat one powdered donut
before taking the mound and four between each inning as one of his
many baseball-related superstitions growing up. He even did it
throughout his career at LSU before becoming the No. 4 overall pick
in last year’s draft.

Gausman
has since given up his tradition of mass
in-game pastry consumption at the advice of a nutritionist, but
that doesn’t mean his Orioles teammates have forgotten.

When he finally got the call-up to make his big league debut for
the O’s Thursday against Toronto,
they
let him know it
by filling his locker with boxes upon boxes of
the delicious treats.

It’s actually not the first time Gausman’s big
league teammates have showered him in the sweet snacks. Baltimore
center fielder Adam Jones decorated Gausman’s locker with
more than 1,500 of them when he arrived at spring training in
Sarasota, Fla., back in February.

No word on what Gausman is going to do with his new influx of
donuts, but if his major league debut goes well, I’d say
he’s entitled to a few (dozen) if he wants them.

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