No, the Ravens weren’t in the Super Bowl. But, yes, that was the guy who works for them shadowing Tom Brady at midfield on Sunday night, amid the confetti, photographers, and reporters in the moments after the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl win over the Atlanta Falcons. His name is Chad Steele, now in his 15th year working in media relations for the Ravens. He’s tall—6-foot-7—and a former star basketball forward at Winthrop University in South Carolina in the mid-1990s. You might normally recognize him from post-game TV cuts, as the guy in the suit next to Joe Flacco when he marches onto the field to shake hands with an opposing quarterback and do interviews. “I get it quite often,” Steele said when asked if he’s recognized around town.
BALTIMORE — On the back of the famous red brick B&O Warehouse beyond rightfield at Camden Yards, a large poster of Orioles manager Buck Showalter hangs, greeting fans outside the stadium. Showalter is shown from the waist up in uniform on a mock baseball card; his left hand is extended and he is pointing with his index finger, looking much like Uncle Sam. Below Showalter’s likeness are the words: Are You Ready?
What to be ready for is left open-ended. That’s the idea.
It’s still very early in the season, but the Orioles have a 6-3 record, good for as many wins as they had last season on the first of May, when they were 6-18. They are 40-26 since hiring former Yankees manager Showalter last Aug. 3 to take over for interim manager Juan Samuel. That’s the best record of any American League team since then. They begin a three-game series at Yankee Stadium Tuesday in first place in the AL East, a game ahead of the Yankees.