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First off, I got the following in an email from MLB Network....

A new season of Baseball’s Seasons begins this week on MLB Network with a focus on the most memorable moments of the 1979 Major League Baseball season. The documentary-style series created by Major League Baseball Productions focuses on the Pittsburgh Pirates’ championship season led by Dave Parker and 1979 National League MVP Willie Stargell; the story of the Baltimore Orioles, led by Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver and 1979 All-Star Ken Singleton; and the California Angels who, with veterans like Rod Carew & 1979 American League MVP Don Baylor, reached the playoffs for the first time in the franchise’s history. Also highlighted in the episode is how the New York Yankees were impacted by the death of their star catcher Thurman Munson in the quest for their fourth-straight American League pennant. As the series examines each year in the context of the time’s culture and society, the 1979 episode highlights the country’s gas crisis. The episode will air on Wednesday, November 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET and re-air at 11:00 p.m. ET.

There was a clip from the episode in the email, and it had an awesome shot of Dave Parker making a catch in right-center, with a bunch of 70s cars visible over the outfield wall. This baby airs tonight. I'll be setting my TiVo. (-zk)

It's pretty quiet on the interwebz. We have a coupla light news items....

O's show interest in Smoltz
I hope not. I don't want that guy anywhere near the Orioles. But I'm sure Smoltz would just as soon stay out of the AL East anyway. -Stacey

The Markakis family gives back
Nick and Christina Markakis will spend this weekend distributing turkeys with the Maryland Food Bank. I love that Nick lives here year round -Stacey

Jordan sizes up some O's draft picks
He discusses Justin Dalles, Aaron Wirsch, Devin Harris, Ryan Berry, and Jake Cowan. -Stacey Blog: Baseball America Prospects Blog " Blog Archive " Minor League Free Agents
Major League Baseball granted free agency on Nov. 9 to 536 minor league players, i.e. those not included on 40-man rosters. We have them all here, listed by organization. (For those of you who are REALLY into tracking minor leaguers....) -zk

May I pass along my congratulations for your great interdimensional breakthrough. I am sure, in the miserable annals of the Open Thread, you will be duly enshrined.