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Christmas Day Bird Droppings

Merry Christmas to you, wherever you are, even if you're not an Orioles fan.

Santa Clauses promote Santa Claus II the movie

Hello, friends.

Merry Christmas to you. Whether it's a holiday you celebrate or not, I hope that the day brings you something good.

There are now 94 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2018. If you're not already worried about the state of next year's team, that time will come soon, but don't let it come today, because the Orioles aren't worth bringing down your holiday cheer even a tiny little bit.

Did Santa Bird leave any O's-related gifts under your tree? Last year, my mom shocked me with the Orioles Hawaiian shirt giveaway that I had long since given up hope of acquiring even though we arrived an hour early on the day they gave it away. That was fun. I hope you get something just as nice.

Around the blogO'sphere

Could Zach Britton get an extension and become a starter again? (School of Roch)
Stacey clipped this yesterday and I’m probably going to clip it again tomorrow, because I feel like it so perfectly encapsulates the idea that sometimes the Orioles have no idea what the hell they’re doing.

Deck the Calls: '17 Orioles (MLB.com)
If for some reason you need a video of a burning log in a fireplace while about three minutes of audio of what passes for highlights from the 2017 Orioles season plays, here you go.

Tim Lincecum is coming back (Beyond the Box Score)
Eleven years ago, the Orioles selected Billy Rowell one pick ahead of Tim Lincecum in the draft. As Lincecum, still just 33, attempts a comeback, maybe the Orioles can get him this time around. Somebody’s gotta pitch for this team.

Birthdays and anniversaries

There are three former Orioles with Christmas birthdays. They are: 1985-86 reserve Tom O'Malley, and the late 1956-58 pitcher Charlie Beamon and 1954 reliever Mike Blyzka.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday to you! Your birthday buddies for today include: physicist Isaac Newton (1642), American Red Cross founder Clara Barton (1821), trombonist Kid Ory (1886), actor Humphrey Bogart (1899), The Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling (1924), singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett (1946), baseball Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson (1958), and current Canadian prime minster Justin Trudeau (1971).

On this day in history...

A slew of historical monarchs chose to be crowned on this day, including Charlemagne (800) and William the Conqueror (1066).

In 1758, astronomer Johann Georg Palitzsch sighted Halley's Comet, which confirmed Edmund Halley's prediction when it would next pass. Halley had passed away in 1742 but nonetheless became the first ever to predict the arrival of a comet.

In 1776, George Washington and the Continental Army made their night crossing of the Delaware to attack the Hessians in Trenton.

In 1868, President Andrew Johnson granted an unconditional pardon to all Confederate veterans.

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And that's the way it is in Birdland on December 25. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!