RedHawks: Omaha's Doug Davis reflects on his time in Oklahoma City
Former RedHawk Doug Davis is back in Oklahoma City, pitching six scoreless innings Saturday night.
From playoff wins in the big leagues to rehab starts in the Florida State League, covering nine years and 14 teams, Doug Davis changed from a hyped prospect to a declining veteran.
But over that extended span, one thing about Davis never changed — when he pitches in Oklahoma City, he wins.
On April 20, 2003, as a member of the RedHawks, Davis pitched eight solid innings and earned the win against Albuquerque.
On Saturday night, Davis was finally back pitching in Oklahoma City, tossing six scoreless innings and leading Omaha to a 6-2 win over the RedHawks.
Overall, Davis is now 14-2 with a 2.81 ERA in Bricktown, including a sizzling 7-0 season with Oklahoma City in 1999 that vaulted his career to the major league level.
Now, with the bulk of his baseball career behind him, Davis is back in his most successful park, fighting to regain old form and return to the big leagues.
And after an important step in that process, the 36-year-old reflected on his time in Oklahoma City and looked ahead:
Does it feel good to be back? I know you've got a lot of history here.
Yeah, I've always loved Oklahoma City. It's great to see the park and the new atmosphere around Bricktown, they did a great job out there.
What are your best memories from your time here?
Man, it happened so quick. I was in Double-A in '99, I came here and then within two months I was up in the big leagues. My first call-up from here was one of my best memories. After that I was really back-and-forth between here and Texas, but I never really minded coming back here, because I always succeeded. At that time, OKC was selling out pretty much every crowd, and Bricktown was being built. Just being able to pitch here and be so successful was probably my best memory.
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