The last time Val Majewski played a game in Lancaster, it ended with Vince Harrison standing outside the clubhouse drenching him in champagne. The Revs had somehow pulled off a come-from-behind victory in extra innings to win a deciding Game 5 in the divisional playoffs. York went on to win its second Atlantic League championship in 2011, and Majewski would not suit up again for York until Friday night.
The onetime Orioles outfielder had spent last season in the Rangers organization, splitting his time between Double- and Triple-A. But the Revs needed help in the final days of the first half, and Majewski, 32, decided to come out of retirement to play for his former team.
Majewski moved to Maryland this season and began work as an insurance agent, but he agreed to help the Revs out this weekend to fill in for an injured James Shanks.
“Last night we got a text message, ‘Hey we need a player, can you hang out for the weekend?’” Majewski said. “I said, ‘Sure.’”
Majewski joked that he’s been talking baseball, but not playing too much as he transitioned into a career after playing. He has given youth baseball lessons this year, but this was his first professional game of the seaso. He expected his appearance in the Revs preseason scrimmage against alumni players in April would be his last time on a professional field.
Majewski said he has no intention of playing beyond a few games to help the Revs out.
He went 0-for-3 and made a running catch against the left-field fence in foul territory during the game.
“I do miss playing, but I had reached the point where I’m OK moving on and going in a different direction,” Majewski said. “I had no intention of playing but (York manager Mark) Mason was in a pinch. … I’m in shape, but not in baseball shape. If I fooled some people and didn’t look too bad today that’s fine with me. I’m just going to enjoy it and fill a spot until they can find someone. I’m fine with that, they’ve treated me really well.
“I can’t promise the world. I can’t promise I’ll drive in runs or hit homers but I’ll try not to stand out for the wrong reasons.”