Hey, you. Yes, you. Are you a lurker who’s been watching Camden Chat from afar, waiting for the right chance to jump in and introduce yourself, only you haven’t found your chance? Have you been here for a little while but you’re not quite sure if anyone has noticed?
Here is the one place each year where we are all on equal footing, brand new people and lurkers and the most recognizable veteran community members: The annual Camden Chat introductions.
If you’re brand new, make sure to go to the upper right of the page to sign up for an SB Nation account first, then come back here and join our site down below in the comments section.
Once you’re set up, head down to the comments to tell us a bit about yourself. Then, next time you come back, just act like you’ve been here forever. As long as you correctly remember to use the reply button when you are talking to someone else, no one will ever notice you’re new.
You’re nice enough to read this post, so I bet you’re already nice enough to follow the rules without my telling them to you. Just so we’re all clear, though, you can find SB Nation’s Community Guidelines here. Please be excellent to each other as much as you are able, even if you have just read the dumbest comment you have ever seen on the Internet.
Now that that’s out of the way, we would all like to know about you, not in a creepy way, but in the way that it’s fun to get to know your fellow 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?
If you’re still feeling loquacious, and it’s OK if you’re not, here are some more: Why did you choose your screen name? What do you do when you’re not watching baseball? Do you have a favorite story that everyone else in your life is sick of hearing but you want the chance to tell it to someone new? Here’s your place.
As for me, I am Mark. I am a Maryland lifer and I probably always will be. I’m going to guess I’m not the only one here in that category.
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 a bit 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 even though they were bad for the first decade of my adult life, I’ve only come to love them more as I’ve gotten older.
My favorite Oriole currently is Adam Jones, who is so awesome in every way that I don’t think this requires any further explanation. My favorite Oriole of all time is, boringly enough, Cal Ripken Jr. This year I have a season ticket for the first time ever. Well, I joined my girlfriend’s plan - she’s been more dedicated than me. We met at a Camden Chat meetup. True story. I hope we get to see some good wins.
When I’m not watching or writing about baseball, I’m probably reading or trying to catch up on some TV show where I’m behind. If you, like me, are not very good at Hearthstone, you might find me on the bottom of the ladder there.
So, that’s me. Who are you? If you’re a longtime Camden Chat commenter, thank you for joining us for another season. I hope it’s a fun one, although I have a sinking feeling we may be commiserating about a bad season before it’s over. If you’re returning after a long time gone, welcome back! And if you’re brand new, welcome to the party. There’s no better place to talk about the Orioles than right here. I hope your enjoy your stay.