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Bud Norris has a great demeanor on the mound

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First off, he really showed me something yesterday. I thought he would be done after the 2nd inning. He persevered and fought his way through 5 tough innings and kept us in the game.

He can be very demonstrative on the mound. If you notice, before he throws his first pitch, he'll stand at the back of the mound for a good 30 seconds. He closes his eyes, takes some deep breaths, and I assume prays. Then, he'll mark something with his finger on the pitcher's mound. I wonder what it says? He's into every pitch. He just has a number of quirks, that I find cool.

Did anyone notice when Buck went over to take him out of the game, that Norris pointed to the field like, "I'm going back out there, right?" Buck said, "No". He shook his hand and then Bud punched the dugout roof with his LEFT hand. ("Remember that, Meat. Never hit anything or anybody with your pitching hand)".

Anyway, he just seems like a guy that cherishes every moment and every pitch he throws. Taking nothing for granted. It's hard not to root for a guy like that. I think it was a great trade for the O's to get Norris and I look forward to seeing what he does the rest of this season and the next two years as an Oriole.

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Hell, I will be surprised if Bud wins 17 games in his entire Orioles' career.

More than wins, if anything, I think his influence on guys like Bundy and Gausman will be HUGE. He just seems to be that type of person. By 2015, our rotation should have Bundy, Tillman, Gausman, and Norris. I'll take that.

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Yes...the guy who has a 2.85 ERA and 3 O's wins in his first 3 starts with the team, I can see how you came up with this solid prediction.

If you think this is the type of talent he is, you are sorely mistaken.

Do I think Norris will be decent, yeah, but he also had a worse July than Jason Hammel. Norris will throw lots of stinkers, it just hasn't happened yet.

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