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New Years Day Bird Droppings: Where we’ve made it to 2021 at last

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Boy, last year sucked, huh? Now we get to start a new one, which will also suck for a while but promises better days ahead.

Manila Celebrates New Year Amid Covid-19 Restrictions Photo by Ezra Acayan/Getty Images

Good morning, Camden Chatters.

We made it! We made it! It’s 2021! So long, 2020, ya big jerk.

The worst year of so many people’s lives is officially in the rearview mirror. Now we’ve flipped the calendar, turned the page, started anew, and...well, actually, things are still pretty crappy as we ring in the new year. There’s still a long way to go before the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us. But with vaccines starting to be distributed worldwide, there’s at least some hope that things will gradually get better. Sometime this year, the world could return to a sense of normalcy. 2021 may someday be remembered as the year we turned the corner and made our way out of the abyss.

So, yeah, there’s nothing wrong with feeling a little optimistic on this day. Brighter days are ahead. In the meantime, we need to continue to be vigilant, continue to be safe, and do our best to keep trudging through this thing. With everyone’s help, we can make 2021 a year to remember — in a good way. Happy new year, friends!

Links

The Hall of Fame Outsiders: No. 18, Bobby Grich – The Athletic
Joe Posnanski is counting down the best 100 players who aren’t in the Hall of Fame, and a prominent Orioles second baseman is near the top of the list. It’s a crime that Grich hasn't been inducted.

Baltimore Orioles starting to put the pieces together - Call to the Pen
This article is all well and good, but check out the mustache on the author. Is he rocking the Guy Fawkes look?

Farewell to 2020, and welcome to Oriole questions for 2021 - BaltimoreBaseball.com
Rich Dubroff speculates that if ballparks open to 10 percent capacity in 2021, the Orioles could have between 4,000 and 5,000 fans a game. That’s a “Monday night against the Royals in April” kind of attendance.

5 questions for Orioles entering 2021 - Orioles.com
Joe Trezza lists the big questions facing the 2021 Orioles, led by, “What can they expect out of Trey Mancini?” Just seeing him on the field, happy and healthy, is all anyone could ask for.

Orioles birthdays

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Three former Orioles were born on New Years Day: 2012 outfielder Xavier Avery (31), 2006 outfielder Fernando Tatis (46), and the late Foster Castleman, an infielder from the 1958 club who died two months ago at age 89.

And of course, happy birthday to the year 2021, which is now one day old. Here’s hoping it ends up as a better year than the one it replaced. It won’t be a high bar to clear.