Sunday Bird Droppings

Manny Machado is so fast. How fast is he? He's so fast...he's out of the frame by the time you think of a punch line. - Mike Ehrmann

The O's bats catch up on their sleep, social media got weird during Friday's game, and the O's face a rookie lefty today. That will assuredly end well.

Jennings, Cobb Key Rays to 5-1 Win Over Orioles - ABC News
"Desmond Jennings drove in four runs, Alex Cobb took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning, and the Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 on Saturday in a matchup of exhausted teams to maintain their lead in the AL wild-card race." The less said about this game, the better.

About last night: The weird, wacky and woeful from the Orioles' never-ending game -
A rather intriguing look at Friday night's marathon through social media posts and GIFs.

Orioles notebook: Tired O's wanted to play Saturday after 18-inning marathon -
"We have a week left to play, there is plenty of off time in the offseason and we still need to win these games," said right fielder Nick Markakis. "We still have a week and a few games to play and we're not out of it. So we need to grind it out." And I bet if Buck Showalter had let him, Matt Wieters would have played, too.

School of Roch: In must-win mode, Orioles will face lefty making major league debut
"The Rays were going to start Jeremy Hellickson today, but he was needed in relief during Friday night's 18-inning marathon. Instead, they've selected the contract of left-hander Enny Romero, 22, who will be making his major league debut." A rookie left-hander? Oh, I know this will work out well for our Orioles.

PressBox: Offensive Blackout In Tampa All But Ends Orioles' Postseason Hopes
"The Orioles aren't yet mathematically eliminated from postseason contention. But for all intents and purposes, they've played themselves out of any realistic hope to return to the playoffs in 2013." Paul Folkemer (hey, I know that guy!) spells out the awful truth a lot of us don't want to face.

Jones is banged up; continues to play -
"It’s my whole body, head to toe. I need to sit in a whole ice tub, head to toe. But I’m good. Normal body soreness for game 150-whatever-it-is. If you play every day, you are bound to have a couple things bother you. I’m human. Some things bother me, but that still isn’t going to deter me from being on the field." He's a gamer, that Adam Jones. Sure, I'd like his pitch selection to be better, but I'm glad and proud to have him on the team I root for.

Schmuck: O's are better than last year, but not as good -
"It's impossible to overlook the disappointing reality that this is a tired team that months ago lost touch with Buck Showalter's pass-the-baton philosophy at the plate." Believe it or not, Peter Schmuck has a point there. I know, I'm shocked, too.

Kevin Gregg: Apology accepted, Kevin Gregg stays -
Kevin Gregg ALMOST talked himself into the unemployment line this week. Cubs manager Dale Sveum explained it thusly: "I guess the communication, somewhere down the line, just got miscommunicated."

Washington Capitals Winter Classic: Bring it to Baltimore’s Camden Yards | Puck Daddy
Greg Wyshynski makes the case for bringing the Caps' outdoor home game to Baltimore's baseball cathedral.

Birthday! Lots of birthdays! Assuming the person is still alive, wish Happy Birthday! to Luis Garcia, Cesar Devarez, P.J. Forbes, John Setfaro, Bob Harrison, Tom Wright and the all-time best name in Orioles baseball history, Urban Shocker. Yes, I don't usually include St. Louis Browns, but how can you not include a dude named Urban Shocker?

Today in Orioles history, In 1966, "The Baltimore Orioles clinch their first American League pennant in 22 years with a 6 - 1 victory over the Kansas City Athletics. Their last pennant came in 1944, when they were the St. Louis Browns."

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