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Christmas Bird Droppings: Enjoy the holiday season, Birdland

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate.

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Department Store Windows And Holiday Shoppers As US Personal Spending Cools

Good morning, Camden Chatters, and Merry Christmas to all who celebrate. Here’s wishing you and your loved ones all the best today and every day.

For obvious reasons, don’t expect any notable news on baseball’s hot stove today. In the last decade, there’s been only one trade or free agent signing on Dec. 25, when the Red Sox signed Brian Bogusevic as a minor league free agent in 2016. An earth-shattering move, I know. And the O’s have never made a single major league transaction on Christmas Day in their history.

So feel free to forget about the Orioles and go enjoy yourself today, whatever you might be doing. And if you do need a sports fix, you’ve got five NBA games and three NFL games on the docket today, including a huge matchup between the Ravens and 49ers on Monday Night Football.

Happy holidays!

Links

Holiday week won’t weaken efforts to find pitching - School of Roch
Every so often, some significant signings take place in the week between Christmas and New Year’s. I’d be pretty surprised if the Orioles were the team to do so this year, but I suppose anything is possible.

The 2023 Baseball Trivia Extravaganza: Take our mega quiz to test yourself! - The Athletic
There’s not much baseball news happening right now, so why not take this baseball history quiz? I...did not do well.

Orioles birthdays

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Three players in Orioles history have Christmas birthdays: infielder Tom O’Malley (63) and the late right-handers Mike Blyzka (b. 1928, d. 2004) and Charlie Beamon (b. 1934, d. 2016).