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Camdencast Episode 43: An Unexpected Year

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For both the Camdencast guys and their favorite baseball team, the Baltimore Orioles, 2012 was an unexpected year.

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On Monday, Andrew told us all that he would be leaving Camden Chat to go take a job in the front office of the Pirates. Last night, we recorded the final podcast with him as a regular. Andrew has been on, I think, 41 of the 43 Camdencasts, and I miss him already. Mixed in with reminiscing about the sheer unexpected nature of 2012 - for us, personally, as well as for our favorite team to root for, the Orioles - is a whole lot of sentimental stuff and for those of you who've listened to Andrew and I basically form a friendship in the process of doing this podcast, hopefully you will appreciate the kind of on-air farewell to our co-hosting partnership.

Stacey was there to make sure nothing crazy happened. Actually, it wouldn't have been complete without her - Stacey is nice enough to let us run amok on her site.

So, the Orioles. You know as well as we do that nothing's happened this off-season. Are they resting on their laurels from last year? Well, probably not, though some people may make the claim. Do they have money? We don't know that either, but we offer the theories and our best guess.

Plus a whole heck of a lot of memories of random 2012 Orioles moments - I mean, if you want to get technical, the most unexpected part was EVERYTHING - gratuitous Pirates/Navy SEALs jokes, and Mark being unable to resist a Star Wars joke and the ensuing extremely bad vocal impersonation that results from said joke. What do you want from me, honestly?

Then, there's a brief survey of the rest of the AL East, particularly the Toronto Blue Jays, suddenly looking a lot tougher. Are there teams out there who looked at the 2012 O's and thought, "Hey, why can't we do that?" Does this make for a more treacherous landscape to navigate to get to the playoffs? Probably for that too. So far, they're going to war with almost the entire same team.

Our farewell episode for Andrew is about an hour and 15 minutes in length. No breaks this time, because we didn't feel like taking any, so we didn't.

Below you can find an embedded streaming player of the episode. All you need to do is press the triangle and it will play right in your browser.

If you were subscribed to Camdencast on iTunes, you might have been able to listen to the podcast even before this post went up. You can also use another program of your choice to subscribe with the XML.

Camdencast remains safe for work, provided that your boss doesn't mind you listening to podcasts instead of while doing work.

The podcast will be continuing, though I don't yet know who will be joining me or when will be the next episode. If any big news happens, hopefully there will be a breaking news edition, and maybe a couple more check-ins through the off-season.

If you have any feedback for me, or particularly messages for Andrew if you didn't post in his farewell thread, please leave them below. I will be back again! Take care in the meantime, and go O's!