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.
It’s been a bleak winter for baseball since we last gathered to talk about an Orioles game. The 99-day lockout was not great for building excitement about the coming season, but thankfully it ended in time for the 2022 Orioles season to be delayed by only eight days. I’m glad that baseball is about to be back and I’m looking forward to seeing what the O’s have to offer this year, even if I’m not super excited about the Opening Day roster.
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 to respond to a specific comment when you are talking to someone else, no one will even notice that you’re new. That’s all there is to it.
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, if you have one right now? Who’s your favorite Oriole of all time? What’s the thing you’re most excited about for the 2022 Orioles season?
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, although I did fairly recently move from the Baltimore area into the Washington area. In the comments, you’ll see me show up as Eat More Esskay, which was a name I thought was cool to pick when I joined here in 2008 and has since become retro now that the hot dog brand no longer is a staple at Camden Yards.
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.
Even though the Orioles have not won it all since I have been born, AND they were bad for the first decade of my adult life, I’ve only come to love them more as I’ve gotten older. I’ll even forgive them for choosing to give out this year’s floppy hat and Hawaiian shirt when I’m going to be on my honeymoon.
My favorite Oriole of all time is Cal Ripken Jr. The 2131 game where The Streak became a record is the coolest thing to happen to the team in my whole life. My favorite Oriole of right now is Trey Mancini, and not only because he’s been my fiancee’s favorite Oriole for our whole relationship. His return to the diamond last year was a phenomenal story. I hope he’s able to play even better this year with more time to prepare for the season.
Cedric Mullins came pretty close to favorite status with his 30-30 season last year, and I am prepared to get super into any prospect who might be called up by the Orioles this year, starting with but not at all limited to Adley Rutschman.
Here’s my story that people are probably tired of hearing: When I was five years old, a family friend took me and their son to an Orioles game at old Memorial Stadium. This was my first game. I was excited and I talked a lot, almost constantly. As it happened, the seats were really good, right next to the visiting team’s dugout. After a few innings, a player from the other team (the White Sox) came over and said, “Hey, kid, why don’t you shut the hell up and buy me a beer?”
He turned and walked off. On the back of his jersey it read “KITTLE,” for Ron Kittle, who ever since that day has been my least favorite baseball player of all time. Thanks to Baseball Reference, I have figured out the game was this one from May 14, 1989, and I guess he had good reason to be feeling cocky because he went 4-5, including a seventh inning, two-run, go-ahead home run. He’s going to have to keep waiting on that beer.
So, that’s me. Who are you? If you’re a longtime Camden Chat commenter, thank you for having stuck with us through the lockout. If you’re returning after a long time gone, welcome back! The comments may look a little different than you remember, but it’s a lot easier to post GIFs now. And if you’re brand new, welcome to the party. I hope that CCers old and new will have some exciting Orioles moments to talk about together as this season goes along.