Oakland Athletics rookie outfielder Boog Powell has admitted he was excited about being able to meet his famous namesake during this week’s Oakland series at Camden Yards in Baltimore.
The younger Powell likely felt that it would be a great first impression to show the older Powell the power he possessed.
In Monday’s opening game of the series between his A’s and the host Orioles, Powell hit his first career homer in a loss, and the ball landed within feet of the elder Powell’s barbeque stand just outside Camden Yards behind the right field bleachers.
Young Boog said it did not seem like it was real. He made his debut in the major leagues earlier in the season with the Seattle Mariners, but was acquired by the A’s earlier in August in a trade for Yonder Alonso.
The home run ball was caught by a fan who returned the baseball to Powell. He said that the baseball had landed just a short distance from the older Powell’s commemorative plaque that is on display in the outfield at Camden Yards.
The fan tweeted images of himself handing the ball over to Powell, saying that he wished the rookie outfielder for Oakland many more home runs during his career.
The Oakland rookie outfielder has plans to meet the former Baltimore Orioles legend at Boog’s BBQ on Tuesday. The BBQ is located behind the bleachers in the outfield at Camden Yards on Eutaw Street.
The younger Boog said that the elder Powell had asked him what type of meat he preferred, before the start of Monday’s game between the Orioles and visiting A’s. That means he will likely be making something rather special for the younger Powell.
In 1993, “Boog” was born Herschel Mack Powell IV and immediately given the nickname of Boog by both parents when he was just a young boy.
Boog Powell the legend, played with the Baltimore Orioles for 14 seasons between 1961 and 1974. He was voted in 1970 the American League MVP. The former first baseman, who is 6-foot-4, helped Baltimore win a pair of World Series titles, was an All-Star four times, and ended his career of 17 years in the majors with 339 home runs.
The younger Powell has played in 31 games during his brief career hitting .273 with 1 home run and 3 RBIs.