Hey, you. Yes, you. The lurker who's been watching Camden Chat from afar, waiting for the right chance to jump in and introduce yourself. I have good news for you. This is the one thread a year where we're all lurkers coming out of the shadows: The quasi-annual Camden Chat introductions thread.
Jump down in the comments below and tell us who you are, then next time you are here, act like you've been here forever. As long as you remember to correctly use the reply button, no one will even realize you're new.
We would love to know about you, not in a creepy way, just in the way that it's fun to get to know your fellow Orioles fans. Where are you from? Where are you now? How did you become an Orioles fan? Who's your favorite Oriole of the present/of all time? Why did you pick that screen name? What do you do when you're not watching baseball? Anything you feel like telling, feel free to tell us.
I am Mark and I have lived in the Baltimore area for my entire life, with the exception of a three-month period I spent in Kent, Ohio because I had to go see about a girl. I hope it worked out better after the credits for Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting than those three months did for me.
Thanks to my parents, I have been an Orioles fan since before I was even born. They attended Game 2 of the 1983 World Series, and so did I, although I had something of an obstructed view seat. My mom was eight months pregnant at that time. I have loved the Orioles for as long as I can remember, and somehow since I've been an adult I've come to love them even more, even though they were bad for most of those years.
My favorite current Oriole is Adam Jones, because I love the way he's brought his gregarious personality to the franchise. He's made Baltimore his home and he isn't afraid of making some brash comments to show people that this team isn't afraid of anybody. My favorite Oriole of all time is, boringly enough, Cal Ripken Jr. Watching the 2,131 game on TV is one of my favorite memories of when I was younger.
When I'm not watching or writing baseball, I'm probably either reading or playing video games. The best book I read last year was Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Games I've been known to play lately are World of Warcraft (yes, I know), Hearthstone, and League of Legends. Every now and again you might catch me in the real world at a poker table, which if you did it would be good news for you because that means you're going to win all of my money.
So that's me. Who are you? If you're a longtime commenter, I'm glad you are here. If you're returning after an absence, welcome back! And if you're brand new, welcome to the party. There's no better place to talk about the Orioles than here. I hope you enjoy your stay.