The idea of Santa Bird leaving presents under the tree is not one that has played out in Birdland for quite some time. Even in the Dan Duquette era when free agents were actually from time to time signed, that all played out late in the offseason, sometimes even after the start of spring training, because he thought desperation for a player to sign for the season meant discounts.
Well, okay, I don’t know what he thought, but that’s what I presume based on his behavior. Other than the signing of Nelson Cruz, I don’t think it ever worked out that way, probably because the players knew the Orioles were just as desperate. So we’ll just have to settle for Craig Kimbrel and the fact that the Orioles won 101 games this year.
That last bit certainly isn’t a bad present. It’s been a fun year. More needs to be done to give next year the best chance to be fun as well. Or at least it seems that way to me. Now that Yoshinobu Yamamoto has ended up making his decision before Christmas, perhaps the post-Christmas period will bring movement to the starting pitching market, both for free agents and for teams that are considering trading starters. But we probably don’t have to think much about that until the calendar turns to 2024.
With that in mind, if you are celebrating anything over the next couple of days or not, hopefully you can have some fun and relaxation. If your work situation is such that this extends all the way through to New Year’s, enjoy that too!
Around the blogO’sphere
Sharing some Orioles Birdland Caravan memories and potential questions for 2024 (School of Roch)
Roch recalls how Mike Elias, at the start of the Birdland Caravan earlier this year, proclaimed the rebuild to be over. Nobody fully believed it at the time but the Orioles went out and won 101 games anyway.
MLB is widening the runner’s lane to first, changing a rule that has caused World Series controversy (The Baltimore Sun)
A variety of small adjustments to rules were made earlier this week.
Birthdays and Orioles anniversaries
There are a few former Orioles who were born on Christmas Eve. They are: 2017-20 pitcher Miguel Castro, 2010 pitcher Kevin Millwood, and 1954 infielder Chico García.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday to you! Your birthday buddies for today include: Magna Carta signer King John of England (1166), physicist James Prescott Joule (1818), fashion designer Kate Spade (1962), and singer-songwriter Ricky Martin (1971).
On this day in history...
In 1814, the United Kingdom and the United States signed the Treaty of Ghent, which brought an end to the War of 1812.
In 1943, General Dwight D. Eisenhower was appointed as the Supreme Allied Commander for the coming Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy that would take place the following June.
In 1968, Apollo 8 entered its orbit around the moon, with its crew becoming the first men to ever orbit the moon. The mission remained in lunar orbit for ten passes around the moon.
And that’s the way it is in Birdland on December 24. Have a safe Christmas Eve.