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Thursday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles have the day off, again

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The Orioles played two games yesterday. They were both dumb, but at least they won one. Today, a day off.

MLB: Game One-Baltimore Orioles at Chicago White Sox
The Orioles won the game where this picture was taken.
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Hello, friends.

The Orioles played two games yesterday and we’re going to get to that in a minute, but first there is something more urgent. As you may recall, the Diamondbacks have ended up being an ex-Oriole sanctuary with both Adam Jones and Caleb Joseph out there. They are also an 18-13 team with seven wins in their last ten games. On Wednesday, Arizona beat the Yankees, and then this happened:

I don’t know why Jones hit Joseph in the face with a pie after this game. Joseph was 0-3 and didn’t throw any runners out. The story in my head is just that Jones decided he was going to do some pie-smashing in Arizona and made sure the powers that be knew that Joseph was to be interviewed to start things off right, and the end of a sweep of the Yankees was the right time.

As an unabashed provincial fan, I maintain a default stance of wishing no success for any player who is not on the Orioles and any team who is not the Orioles. But, I find myself willing to make an exception in a season where the Orioles will almost surely come in last place again and the Diamondbacks have Jones reviving the post-game pie tradition.

Let us never forget that everything that has happened since September 2017 is Mark Trumbo’s fault for causing the end of the pies. It’s not seriously his fault, of course. Except it also is.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled bad baseball team. The Orioles played two games against the White Sox yesterday and despite playing some truly atrocious baseball that featured a lot of individual displays of boneheadedness and poor performance, they actually managed to win one of them, and even led the other one going into the ninth inning. For the 2019 Orioles, winning one of two games will always be good. But also, that really sucked.

You can read my recap of the Orioles pulling off a 5-4 win in the first game. Make sure to vote in the MBP poll if you haven’t already. The second game, even dumber than the first, was a 7-6 loss. You’re going to have to read Andrea’s recap of that one to discover just how dumb.

Mike Mussina was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame 100 days ago. The Orioles have not yet announced any plans to retire his jersey or erect his statue at Camden Yards.

Around the blogO’sphere

Orioles outfield a work in progress (School of Roch)
Understatement of the year in this headline. Roch says that a healthy Austin Hays could be the starting center fielder, and he’ll be playing in games later this week. Get well soon.

New Orioles pitcher Shawn Armstrong, good friend Mike Wright ‘switch places’ as he reports to Baltimore (Baltimore Sun)
Armstrong is living in the apartment that Wright vacated after being DFA’d, and that is not the most “it’s a small world” part of this story.

Orioles need to sign Trey Mancini to long-term contract (Baltimore Baseball)
I like Trey Mancini. My girlfriend likes Mancini even more than I do. Let’s not get carried away after a good first month.

First month grades for all 30 teams (ESPN)
The Orioles are one of three teams in the “teams who failed” category. On the bright side, the Red Sox get an F- rather than just an F, so the Orioles didn’t get the lowest grade.

Birthdays and anniversaries

One current Oriole has a birthday today. Happy 28th birthday to Jonathan Villar.

There are also a couple of former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 1996 outfielder Brent Bowers, and 1989 reserve Keith Moreland.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday to you! Your birthday buddies for today include: Russian empress Catherine the Great (1729), author Jerome K. Jerome (1859), vacuum magnate James Dyson (1947), actor/entertainer Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (1972), and musician Lily Allen (1985).

On this day in history...

In 1536, England’s queen, Anne Boleyn, was arrested on accusations of adultery, incest, treason, and witchcraft.

In 1808, the city of Madrid rose up in a rebellion against the occupying French forces. This event effectively marked the beginning of the Spanish War of Independence, a conflict that would last until Napoleon was defeated in 1814 and Spain regained its independence.

In 1952, the De Havilland Comet made its first flight, going from London to Johannesburg. Tihs is noteworthy for being the world’s first jet airliner.

In 1955, Tennessee Williams received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

In 2011, Osama bin Laden was killed by US special forces during a night-time raid on his compound in Abottabad, Pakistan.

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And that’s the way it is in Birdland on May 2 - or at least, unless something happens later during the Orioles off day. Have a safe Thursday.