You probably don't need me to tell you how much last night's Orioles game sucked, and it's a good thing you don't, because when it came time to pen words to attempt to give shape to that formless horror, I was unable to summon the motivation to do so.
It's dire for the Orioles right now. Not only are they horribly losing and watching their postseason hopes slip away, they're losing games that are more likely to fill fans of the team with disgust and dread than any kind of good feelings. We remember what that's like all too well from the dark days of the franchise's not-too-distant past. Maybe you don't even want to think about the Orioles at this point in time. Maybe you need a day off.
If that's the case, you can look forward to Camden Chat later, where, in addition to the usual Orioles game thread, there will also be a non-Orioles non-game thread. For now, let's get on with the links.
Around the BlogO'sphere
For Orioles, 2015 Can Still Be A Victory For Relevance (Press Box)
Things are getting real freaking bad when this is your headline. Stan The Fan Charles' thesis is that a decent finish can at least keep the O's from feeling like the current era of success has been interrupted. I don't think he's wrong, but boy, is that a disappointment compared to what we hoped for a few months ago.
Following sweep by Twins, Orioles aren't far from the abyss - Baltimore Sun
Continuing on the theme of how things are not going well, here's Peter Schmuck from yesterday's Baltimore Sun, noting the O's are near a very bad place. And of course, after last night's ugly loss, they are a little bit closer to that abyss.
School of Roch: Adam Jones on sixth inning: "It happened so fast you can't even talk about it"
The Kubatkan half of the MASN duo runs down last night's game. Adam Jones is indeed correct - you can't even talk about it. Like Legolas after Gandalf plummeted down the Bridge of Khazad-Dum, for me, the grief is still too near.
Steve Melewski: Kansas City scores seven runs in sixth to rally, beat Orioles
You know how you KNOW things are bad? When even Melewski sums up the game's worst parts by saying, "What followed was pretty much a disaster."
Club officials are cautiously exploring updates to Oriole Park at Camden Yards - Baltimore Sun
We discussed some of the possible updates to Camden Yards last week. Here's the folks at the Sun doing the journalism thing and talking to professors and other assorted experts about what kind of shape updates might take.
Birthdays and anniversaries
Of all of the players to don an Orioles uniform over the years, three share this day as a birthday: Gary Matthews Jr., from the 2002 disaster, the inimitable Albert Belle, and the late Darrell Johnson, who was on both the 1952 St. Louis Browns and the 1962 Baltimore Orioles - with a few stops in between. It's also the 28th birthday of Justin Upton, who some hope is a future Oriole.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Some past personages who have traversed the Earth with whom you share that day include Ivan the Terrible, first Tsar of All the Russias (1530), "The Angel of Death" Louis Antoine de Saint-Just (1767), and segregationist governor George Wallace (1919). Well... that's quite a line-up of birthday buddies.
Let's see if we can do better among those who are still alive to celebrate a birthday today. Some of those include: Sean Connery (1930), Regis Philbin (1931), KISS rocker Gene Simmons (1949), TV chef Rachael Ray (1968), and The O.C. actress Rachel Bilson (1981), in whose honor I proclaim, "Ew!"
On this day in history...
In 766, the Byzantine Emperor Constantine V executed a couple of people who were plotting against him, including Strategios Podopagouros. Two things about this. One - podopagouros means "crabfoot." Two - Strategios really should have had a better strategy for his plot.
In 1609, Galileo Galilei demonstrated his telescope to lawmakers in Venice.
In 1879, Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel. Nearly four years later, Webb would die trying to swim through the Whirlpool Rapids below Niagara Falls.
In 1916, the National Park Service was created. What's one National Park you've never been to that you'd like to see?
In 1981, the Voyager 2 craft made its closest approach to Saturn. Exactly eight years later, it made its closest approach to Neptune.
And that's the way it is in Birdland on August 25 - or at least, until something happens later. Hopefully it will be something good. Have a safe Tuesday. Go Orioles!