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Thursday Bird Droppings: Time to look back on a great, and sometimes weird, Orioles year

You know what? A lot of awesome Orioles stuff happened in 2023

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Hello, friends.

There are now 91 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2024. This has never been used as a uniform number in a game by an Orioles player.

In four more days, we’ll have turned the calendar over into next year. With the days left dwindling to have this still be a year where the Orioles won 101 games, it’s a last chance to enjoy everything awesome that happened.

There was a lot of it! I still can’t believe all of it, either individually or in the aggregate. This was a special Orioles year, even if it had a sucky ending in the final few games. It’s been nearly three months now and I’m not over that stuff yet. It might end up taking fresh memories of postseason wins to fully chase away that.

In the meantime, it’s still true that many Orioles wins were fun and they piled up into an amazing season of experiences. In the long run, we can all be happy about that. We’ll just be happier about it if it turns out that this is the first awesome Orioles year of many to come. They even got the dang lease done with just a couple of weeks to spare, after a year of broken promises and untruths told by John Angelos.

Around the blogO’sphere

The best and worst Orioles moments in 2023 (The Baltimore Sun)
It’s that time of year! Off the cuff, my best moment: The Cedric Mullins Game. Worst moment: Getting stuck for two hours trying to leave the Camden Yards parking lot area after the ALDS Game 1 loss.

What’s your best and worst Orioles-related moments of this year?

Birthdays and Orioles anniversaries

There are a few former Orioles who were born on this day. They are: 2012 seven-gamer Bill Hall, 1999-2005 pitcher B.J. Ryan, 1987 infielder Ray Knight, and 1983 infielder Aurelio Rodríguez.

It’s also the birthday of one person who some people hope is a future Oriole - Dylan Cease.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday to you! Your birthday buddies for today include: beer brewer John Molson (1763), 28th president Woodrow Wilson (1856), comic book legend Stan Lee (1922), actress Maggie Smith (1934), actor Denzel Washington (1954), and musician John Legend (1978).

On this day in history...

In 1065, the church at Westminster Abbey was consecrated. Construction on the recognizable building today did not begin until 1245.

In 1846, Iowa became the 29th state of the Union.

In 1958, the Baltimore Colts were victorious over the New York Giants in the Greatest Game Ever Played.

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And that’s the way it is in Birdland on December 28. Have a safe Thursday.