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Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles are missing out on fun stuff

The O’s were originally supposed to play an exhibition at the U.S. Naval Academy today to wrap up their spring training slate. Alas.

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Good morning, Camden Chatters.

Have you heard? There isn’t any baseball going on right now. Weird, right?

It’s now been 12 days since spring training was canceled and the 2020 MLB season was put on indefinite hiatus. Opening Day, which was to commence two days from now, is on hold, unlikely to occur until June at the earliest.

Having no regular season baseball is bad enough, but the Orioles also missed out on a wonderful event by having the remainder of their spring training schedule scrapped. This afternoon, the O’s were supposed to take on the New York Mets in an exhibition at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, with the crowd consisting mainly of Midshipmen and select members of the U.S. Navy. The game was to be preceded by O’s players and staff taking a tour of the Naval Academy facilities.

Suffice to say that would’ve been a memorable opportunity, both for the Orioles and the Midshipmen. Alas, like everything else, the event was scuttled by the coronavirus pandemic. The exhibition was a great idea, though, and one that hopefully the Orioles will get a chance to try again next year.


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