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To the Veterans in the crowd, thank you for your service.

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Orioles Henry Urritua, from Cuba, reunites with parents after 4 years - Baltimore Sun
Orioles Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia, who is playing winter ball in Venezuela for Caracas, received a long-awaited visit from his parents this week. Aw.

Brooks Robinson collection garners $1.44 million for charity | Boston Herald
Brooks sold his entire collection, other than his Hall of Fame ring.

Mike Mussina Belongs in the Hall of Fame Wearing an Orioles Cap | Roar From 34
Matt Taylor makes the case for Mike Mussina. Maybe this year will be his year.

Blueprint for the Orioles Offseason | Orioles Uncensored
This site did Mark's offseason plan, but they didn't call it that.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have three birthday Orioles birthday buddies, starting with head athletic trainer Richie Bancells. It's  also the the 36th birthday of J.R. House, a target of optimism in the dark days who ended up playing all of 19 games with the Orioles in 2007. And it's the 86th birthday of Ike Delock, who had an 11-year career that ended with seven games in 1963.

On this day in 1970, Boog Powell was named the the American League MVP. In 1982, Joe Altobelli was hired as the Orioles manager, replacing Earl Weaver. And in 2014, Buck Showalter was named A.L. Manager of the Year.