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Friday Bird Droppings: Where it’s time to root for the NL

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The Red Sox are headed to the World Series, which means one thing: we’re all pulling for you, TBD National League team!

Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles - Game Two Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Good morning, Camden Chatters.

You thought the torture of the 2018 season was over? You thought this year couldn’t possibly get any more miserable for Orioles fans? Well, guess what — the Boston Red Sox are headed to the World Series.

The Sox completed their ALCS win over the defending champion Astros last night, sweeping all three games in Houston to advance to the Fall Classic. After the excitement of Game 4, replete with back-and-forth lead changes and umpiring shenanigans, the Astros looked completely listless in the decisive Game 5. Justin Verlander, normally an unhittable force in elimination games, coughed up four runs, while the Astros lost to David Price, who had never won a postseason start in 11 previous attempts.

So there you have it. The Orioles’ most-hated rival — or at least, co-most-hated rival along with the Yankees — has a chance to win their fourth World Series in the last 15 years. Everything is awful.

There’s nothing left to do but hope the National League representative can take down the Sox in the Series. That team will be identified either tonight or tomorrow, with the Dodgers holding a 3-2 series lead over the Brewers as the NLCS shifts back to Milwaukee. No matter how you may feel about the Dodgers or Brewers (if you have any strong feelings about them at all), it’s time to jump on their bandwagon. At least for the next week or so.

Links

Orioles fans ask about GM, manager searches - MLB.com
Brittany Ghiroli answers questions from readers, and suggests it’s “not of the question” that the O’s would re-sign Adam Jones if his market collapses. I’d be floored if that happened, but not exactly upset.

Machado’s mentor: ‘A lot of people will never get to know who the guy is, who the man is. They just know who Swaggy Machado is’ – The Athletic
With Manny Machado making headlines this postseason -- for both good and bad reasons -- his former O's infield coach, Bobby Dickerson, has thoughts.

Lamenting loss of Bleier and finding silver linings among lefties - School of Roch
The Orioles say the season-ending injury to Richard Bleier was one of the biggest blows of the year. It sure didn’t help, I agree, but the season was already a disaster before that happened.

Revisiting 2018 AL East Position Rankings: Starting rotation, bullpen, manager - BaltimoreBaseball.com
I finish up my position-by-position rankings of the AL East teams with a review of the pitchers and managers. The Orioles...do not fare well in those categories.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You share a birthday with current Oriole Anthony Santander (24), who was banished to the minors the moment his Rule 5 obligation was fulfilled and hasn’t seen the majors since. Will he end up being worth the parts of two seasons the O’s spent carrying him on their active roster?

I regret to inform you that you also share a birthday with ever-so-brief Oriole and longtime O’s antagonist Jose Bautista (38). He, like Santander, was originally acquired in the Rule 5 draft. Unlike Santander, he has since had a long career in the majors and has become one of the most eminently unlikable players in the game. Your two other O’s birthday buddies are 1988 righty Oswaldo Peraza (56) and 1966-67 catcher Vic Roznovsky (80).

On this day in 2006, the Orioles named Nicole Sherry their head groundskeeper. She became just the second woman ever to hold that title for a major league team. Twelve years later, she’s still on the job.