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Orioles pitcher Mike Wright helps stranded motorist change flat tire


Baltimore Orioles rookie pitcher Mike Wright played the role of Good Samaritan following the team’s 8-2 home win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday when he came to the assistance of a stranded motorist after leaving the ballpark.

But Wright didn’t stop at calling AAA or anything like that. He actually helped change a flat tire.

The pitcher happened upon the motorist having difficulty attempting to jack up the car, so he got out to lend a hand.

“He was there trying to crank it up and he was obviously struggling,” he said, via the Baltimore Sun. “I went down there and helped him jack it up, helped him loosen up a few bolts. It just took about 20 minutes.”

Wright also went above and beyond by offering the guy some free tickets to an upcoming game.

“He was obviously having a bad day so after I helped him fix it, I told him he could come to a game whenever he wanted so he’s coming to the game tomorrow,” he said. “I left him tickets, so hopefully him and his girlfriend can enjoy the game.”

While the Orioles are sitting at 70-73 and for all intents and purposes out of the playoff chase, chances are good this guy and his gal pal had a good time.

From time to time stories like these come about when someone from the world of sports comes to the aid of a person in need — Michigan State Spartans men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo once helped out a motorist stuck in the snow — but it nevertheless always makes for a good tale when it’s all too often headlines generated about antics away from the field or court are often far more serious and troubling in nature.

[H/T Hardball Talk, image via Baltimore Sun]