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Thursday Bird Droppings: Dreading another dead Orioles offense day

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The Orioles have lost six straight games. It kind of sucks. They're playing this afternoon, but in the meantime, here's your Thursday Bird Droppings to share in the misery.

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Hello, friends.

It's not a heck of a lot of fun being an Orioles fan right now. You probably didn't need me to tell you that. Six straight losses communicates that fairly effectively. You know the last time the Orioles lost six straight games? Actually, I was surprised to find out it was as recent as September 2013 - but then again that month was kind of disappointing, with the Orioles floating vaguely near contention without ever really contending, so maybe it's not that surprising.

Just now we would settle for floating vaguely near contention, come to think of it. Because right now it feels like they're careening towards the bottom, back into the days of top 5 draft picks that they'll just end up ruining somehow anyway.

The last time the Orioles had a losing streak of more than six games, it was a nine game losing streak in July 2011. So let's hope we don't head any farther towards that today.

Here are some links to entertain you on your Thursday, which may be a bit light on actual Baltimore Orioles content, because honestly, those guys...

Bill Ripken Weighs In On The Orioles Recent Struggles " CBS Baltimore
The most famous brother of a baseball player in Baltimore called in to 105.7 to talk about the Orioles' struggles. And Bill Ripken would know about bad Orioles teams, playing as he did for the 1988 Orioles. Let's hope we're not heading there.

While Orioles Struggle, Maryland Baseball Provides Spark For Local Fans (Press Box)
The O's aren't giving us much to cheer about, but there is some good baseball being played in Maryland. It's just being played by the Terrapins - well, if we're getting technical, they played their most recent good baseball in California. You know what I mean.

Versatile Terps CF LaMonte Wade 'dominated' regional, set for rematch with Virginia - carrollcountytimes.com
One of the key Terps players in the regional was a local guy from St. Paul's. Stick it to those secessionist scum.

Orioles, Wildcats tangle in bonus game - Sports - Hillsdale.net
Our big league Orioles aren't doing so good at winning, but the Quincy Orioles of Quincy, Mich. are heading towards the regional playoffs. Good luck to them against Parchment on Saturday.

And here's one from around the network, which touches on a recent friend of ours...

Braves trade retrospective: The Nate McLouth trade, six years later - Talking Chop
Nate McLouth was a favorite in his relatively brief Orioles tenure. Six years ago, he was traded to Atlanta, where he was not quite so popular.

On this day in 2012, the Orioles drafted Kevin Gausman. Some other future Orioles were drafted on this day over the years, including the likes of Adam Loewen (2002), Luis Matos and Ryan Minor (1996), and Mike Mussina (1990).

Former Orioles with a birthday today: Cla Meredith, J.C. Romero (six games in 2012), Ricky Jones (16 games in 1986), Terry Kennedy (1987-88), and a special happy 87th birthday to Billy Hunter, who played in 125 games for the very first Orioles team in 1954.

If today is your birthday, happy birthday! You share this day with some historical figures, including King George III (1738), whose old world monarch ass would be spectacularly dumped by some colonial holdings 38 years later. Also Baron Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim (1867), who in 2004 was proclaimed the greatest Finn of all time. Among those still on the mortal coil, you also share the day with actor Keith David, actress Angelina Jolie, singer Russell Brand, and Dave Matthews Band bass guitarist Stefan Lessard.

And that's the way it is in Birdland on June 4 - or at least, until something happens later Have a safe Thursday.