A bar in Baltimore is trying to lighten the mood around Orioles first baseman Chris Davis’ historically poor season, with the help of alcohol.
Bartenders Pub at 2218 Boston St. is offering customers free Dr Pepper shooters for every hit Davis gets. The drinks are a mix of amaretto and Miller High Life beer in Pony bottles and are called Dr Pepper shooters because they taste like the soft drink.
The promotion was posted on the pub’s Facebook page Tuesday night. The customer must be present at the bar to redeem the shooter.
Owners Danny and Dana Coker said they brainstormed the idea to try to drum up interest among customers for the Orioles, who at 19-48 have the worst record in the major leagues.
“Baseball season for us is big business,” Dana Coker said. “With the team not doing so well, it’s affected our business. We just can’t seem to do any specials that encourage people to come to the bar and watch baseball with us.”
“We’re just trying to give people a reason to come out and watch the games again,” said Danny Coker, who grew up in Highlandtown.
The Cokers said they ran a similar promotion when former Orioles first baseman Kevin Millar struggled in 2008, but that was primarily word-of-mouth and not advertised on social media.
This season, Davis is batting .150 with 15 RBIs, 10 runs and eight extra-base hits, including four home runs. He has struck out 86 times and is on pace to finish with 26 runs, which would barely beat Leo Cardenas of the 1972 California Angels for the fewest runs by a qualified player in a season in MLB history. Cardenas had 25.
The Orioles know their season is over, but they haven't done much to move their focus beyond 2018.
The 32-year-old slugger has four more years left on his contract after the current season and is scheduled to be paid $23 million per year. He has not played in four of the team’s past six games.
But the Cokers insisted that they are huge Orioles fans and are not taking joy in Davis’ troubles.
“It’s a superstition that we hope will encourage him to do well,” Danny Coker said.
“We know the season is over for the Orioles,” Dana Coker said. “If him getting a hit is a small victory in the game, it’s a reason to watch.”