The Blue Jays and Orioles start a three-game series tonight, and only these three games and possibly the three games the Orioles play in Toronto next month are against a team that isn't over .500. Of course, that's not really fair to the Blue Jays, because they're probably a better team than the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers, who the Orioles also play in September (they're definitely better than the Tigers minus Justin Verlander).
Tonight's starting pitcher for the Blue Jays is Brett Cecil. Cecil was born in Dunkirk, MD, which is a little town in Calvert County. He attended DeMatha High School in Hyattsville and pitched at University of Maryland. So he's not a Baltimore boy, but he's a Maryland boy, which makes me like him when he's not pitching against the Orioles. (At least, it makes me like him until he proves to be a little jerk who breathes with his mouth open and wore Orioles stuff his whole life except when the Yankees were in town.)
Back in 2009 the Orioles ended their season at home against the Blue Jays, and I went to one of those games with a few Camden Chatters, including duck, WW, Esskay, the fix is in, and maybe more (sorry if I am forgetting). Anyway, we were at Pickles Pub before the game and we saw two women who looked like (and who we found out later were) mother and daughter, both wearing Blue Jays shirts. Someone (I'm assuming WW) struck up a conversation with them because we were wondering if they came down from Canada. They did not, they happened to be Brett Cecil's sister and mother! It was his rookie year and he'd already been shut down for the season, but they came up to cheer on his team anyway. There's no real point to that story other than I thought it was cute and Brett Cecil is pitching tonight.