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Happy birthday, us

On March 11, 2005, Camden Chat was born, all covered in goo and wailing.

Today, the community turns three years old.

First picture ever posted:

John Maine cut in spring training, 2005

Major Oriole events since CC's Opening Day:

  • Triple-A affiliate moved from Ottawa to Norfolk
  • Pitching coach Ray Miller replaced by Leo Mazzone
  • Mazzone replaced by Rick Kranitz
  • Opening Day Starter, 2005 & 2006: Rodrigo Lopez
  • Opening Day Starter, 2007: Erik Bedard
  • The debut (didn't start) and rise of Nick Markakis
  • Steroid/PED connections: Rafael Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa, Miguel Tejada, Jay Gibbons, Brian Roberts...I'm forgetting some others
  • Lee Mazzilli: FIRED
  • Sam Perlozzo: FIRED
  • Terry Crowley: ...still here
Lots more, of course. Little things. The Todd. Javy Lopez's shitfit, resulting in his embarrassing stint in Boston. The continuing debacle that is Daniel Cabrera. The emergence and trading of Erik Bedard. The trading of Miguel Tejada.

And 90+ losses a year.

I want to send a sincere thank you to all of the users that have spent the last three years (or any portion of it) being part of the CC community. You've made Orioles baseball a lot easier to watch for pretty much all of us, I think, and I know I can say that about me.

Highlights of the seasons for me now include arguing with Jonnypops about everything under the sun (well, almost), cursing blue streaks with 2632 in the gameday threads, Dr Orpheus' strange fascination with Luis Hernandez, the once or twice a year I watch "Second Opinion" and think, "Whoa," and occasionally getting a small NASCAR or Slayer discussion going with duck while the Orioles lose 8-2. And, again, so much more.

So thank you, everyone. O's baseball wouldn't be the same for me anymore without CC and your participation.