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Tuesday Bird Droppings: The slow march to Opening Day

Christmas is over and we still have a long wait until Opening Day

Washington Nationals v Baltimore Orioles
Because there is never a bad time for a Gunnar Henderson pic
Photo by Jess Rapfogel/Getty Images

Happy Tuesday, Camden Chatters! My condolences to those of you who are back to work already, or who never had any time off. I’ll be off the rest of this week before heading back on January 2nd.

We’re still a week from the new year but getting past Christmas is a small milestone in the long offseason when we wait for baseball to return. I haven’t seen an official reporting date for pitchers and catchers but it usually falls right around Valentine’s Day, which is just 50 days away. That’s not too bad!

Of course, getting to that date is always exciting in the moment, followed by a letdown when there isn’t actually anything to pay attention to other than a few tweeted pics from beat reporters of guys in orange jerseys running in the outfield.

A more exciting date is February 24th, which is 60 days away. That’s the first game of the spring training season as the Orioles host the Red Sox. Of course, MASN is notoriously stingy with its ST broadcasts so we probably won’t get to watch any of that game. We’ll just get to read reactions afterward about how everyone is feeling great.

The biggest date, which seems very far away, is of course Opening Day. The Orioles open the season at home on March 28th, which is 93 days away. That’s three months, which seems much too far away. Hopefully the Orioles get another pitcher by then.

Links

The great annual Orioles quiz - BaltimoreBaseball.com
Yesterday, Paul posted a nearly impossible baseball history quiz from The Athletic. Here is an Orioles-specific quiz that might be more up your alley.

Some Orioles-themed Christmas wishes - MASN Sports
Roch Kubatko does not miss a day. He has some hopes and wishes for the 2024 team.

Birthdays and History

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have four Orioles birthday buddies. Storm Davis and Jim Traber were both born on this day in 1961. Davis pitched for the Orioles from 1982-86 and again in 1992. Traber played for the Orioles in parts of 1984, ‘86, and ‘88-’89.

Jeff Stone (63) had an eight-season Major League career, including 26 games with the Orioles in 1988. And Wayne Causey (87) started his career with the Orioles in 1955 as an 18-year-old. He played in 135 games for Baltimore from ‘55-’58 and went on to play eight more seasons with other teams.

On this day in 1995 the Orioles traded for veteran pitcher David Wells. They sent outfielder Curtis Goodwin to Cincinnati for Wells, who spent 1996 having one of the worst seasons of his career.