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Thursday Bird Droppings

This has been the longest four days of my life.

Awkward hugs for everyone!
Awkward hugs for everyone!
Gregory Shamus

According to weather.com's current hourly forecast, showers will begin tomorrow at about 1 p.m. and those showers will turn into rain at 8 p.m. and continue on through the entire night. That's...not good. But nothing will stop Orioles magic, so pack your poncho and I'll see you at the Yard!

Rain chances forecast as Orioles open ALCS in Baltimore - baltimoresun.com
There is a chance the heaviest rain will wait to start after midnight. Fingers crossed.

Buck Starts Here: Showalter leads Orioles to long-awaited ALCS - MLB - SI.com
Buck Showalter isn't the same man that he was when he managed those other teams. Some nice tidbits about our guy in here.

Some longtime season-ticket holders upset by Orioles' playoff ticket policy - York Dispatch
Some of those disgruntled ticket holders are right here on CC.

With Nationals out, Washington fans might return to their first love, the Orioles - baltimoresun.com
You made your bed, Nats fans.

Breaking Down Matchups In The Orioles-Royals Championship Series
Paul Folkemer compare's the two teams' rotations and bullpens .So far he's leaning towards KC. Didn't he learn anything from his prediction of Detroit winning the ALDS? Part two will post today sometime.

Happy birthday to Brian Roberts! And also Jason Pridie.

On this day in 1966, Dave McNally pitched a four-hit shutout as the Orioles swept the Dodgers in the World Series. On this day in 1971 the Orioles won game one of the World Series against the Pirates, also with McNally on the mound.

Thanks to Baseball Reference for the birthdays and fun facts.