There are now 150 days until Orioles Opening Day 2016.
You know, I never really figured I'd ever have much personal investment in a court battle between a near-billionaire and a multi-billionaire, but it turns out that when the near-billionaire owns the sports franchise towards which, by dint of my being born and raised when and where I was, I hold a life-long allegiance, I can not only get invested, but excited by any development.
As you may have heard yesterday, the Orioles were winners in court yesterday, but whether that means they will end up getting everything, or anything, they want, is far from certain. Check back on our front page later for some more thoughts on what could be coming next. For now, there's no harm in basking in that victory just a little bit, is there? No, of course there isn't. The biggest reason to bask in that victory is that contemplating other things relating to the Orioles right now - as you'll see in the links - is on the depressing side.
Around the blogO'sphere
Baltimore Orioles Triumph in MLB Civil War Over TV Money - Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter was the outlet that first broke the MASN court case as being something that was ongoing. How does that happen? I guess we'd have to ask the baseball reporters about that. Here's their take on what went down.
Judge Rules in Favor of Orioles in TV Rights Dispute With Nationals - The Daily Fix - WSJ
Wall Street Journal is one of those outlets that you'd think would know a bit about money, so when they throw around a figure like the judge threw out an award requiring the Nationals to be paid $300 million, you'd think they would know just how misleading that figure is, because included in that sum is the amount of money that the Nationals have already been paid without dispute.
New York judge sides with Orioles in TV rights dispute with the Nationals (Washington Post)
I'm not saying that you're the kind of person who's going to delight in this comments section, but I'll freely admit to you that I'm that kind of person. "MASN = Mr. Angelos Screws Nationals"? That's gold, Jerry! Gold!
Steve Melewski: Notes on Adrian Marin, World Series odds, Statcast numbers and more (Almanzar note)
If you've been losing sleep wondering over the fate of Michael Almanzar, this is the article for you.
I'm about to figuratively punch you, then wind back and punch you a second time. I'm sorry.
And that's why any little minor victory in such off-the-field matters as the MASN court case is worth some excitement, because honestly... just LOOK at those headlines. Good grief. We're screwed. Everything is terrible. There's no one to replace a guy who batted .237/.268/.357 over 238 plate appearances with lamentable defense? Get out of here with that argument, beat writers.
There are some Orioles for whom things are going well, though:
Berg: Orioles end Chapman Park era on a high note (The Chippewa Herald)
It is the ongoing editorial position of this blog to celebrate the successes of all Orioles teams, everywhere. The Orioles of Stanley-Boyd High School in Stanley, Wisconsin were 37-0 winners over Durand last weekend in a divisional playoff matchup that will prove to be the final football game in their long-time home stadium. They'll be in the semifinals this weekend. The name of the new stadium set to open next fall? Oriole Park.
Birthdays and anniversaries
One lone former Oriole has a birthday today: Javy Lopez turns 45. I sometimes find myself wondering why I was ever excited that the O's signed a 33-year-old catcher to a three-year contract. We'll always have the time he homered off Pedro Martinez in his first Orioles game. I've heard there's one long-time Camden Chatter who was a big Javy fan. By the way, the winning pitcher in that game was Sidney Ponson.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Along with Lopez, your birthday buddies include: America's most famous socialist, Eugene V. Debs (1855); cowboy actor Roy Rogers (1911); my grandma; musician Ike Turner (1931); musician Art Garfunkel (1941); basketballer Bill Walton (1955); X-Men and others actress Famke Janssen (1964); golf dude Bubba Watson (1978); and everyone's favorite Australian DJ, Flume (1991).
On this day in history...
In 1605, Guy Fawkes was arrested. You've probably heard the verse. Remember, remember, the fifth of November...
In 1831, slave leader Nat Turner was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for leading what was the deadliest slave uprising in the United States - between 55-65 were killed. There were 56 blacks executed for participating, and it's believed up to 200 more were killed in retaliation.
In 1872, suffragist Susan B. Anthony voted for the first time. As this was illegal at the time, she was later fined $100 for voting.
In 2006, Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death for his role in the 1982 Dujail Massacre, in which he responded to an assassination attempt by having people tortured until they started admitting things, and later, having them killed.
And that's the way it is in Birdland on November 5 - at least, unless something happens later. Have a safe Thursday.