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It's two days after and everybody's still talking about Zach Britton, because what else is there to talk about? Also, the hunt is on for the Canadian beer-thrower, and somehow, the Orioles must get on base more.

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Hello, friends.

I don't know when I'll ever get over that wild card game loss, or if I ever will, for that matter, but two days later certainly hasn't been enough time. It's still driving me crazy. Four hits and one walk in eleven innings! That's just so horrible. And the Zach Britton thing too, of course.

You're not going to be surprised to learn there's still a lot of Britton-related links today. People are going to be talking about that one for a while. It's on the list of painful Orioles games. Those who lived it shall not forget it.

I certainly shall not forget it any time this offseason, because every time I go to start a blog post, the photo selection tool - which defaults to searching for photos labeled "Baltimore Orioles" - consists of nothing but photos of the Blue Jays celebrating, plus one photo of a dejected Manny Machado leaving the field.

For a blogger, it's one of the worst things about the team losing in the postseason. It was like this all offseason after 2014 too. Nothing but Royals celebrating for four months.

Anyway, you don't care about the problems of bloggers. Let's roll into the links.

Around the blogO'sphere

About last night ... and Britton - School of Roch
This one is from yesterday morning, but we haven't posted this Roch Kubatko take on the game yet, so here it is.

The Craziest Part of Showalter’s Crazy Decision | FanGraphs Baseball
Not from Jeff Sullivan, so don't consider it mandatory reading. But there's just so much to say about the Britton thing...

Showalter erred by not using Britton, but that's not only reason Orioles lost wild-card game - Baltimore Sun
A hot take with such a reasonable headline that you almost can't even call it a hot take.

Andrew Miller of Cleveland Indians defends Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter -- 'He knows what he's doing' (ESPN)
Thank you, Andrew Miller. Though Miller does say in this article that he also is surprised that Britton was not used in the game. Well, who isn't?

Kim on nearly being hit by a beer can: 'It was definitely scary' - BaltimoreBaseball.com
In case your hatred for Blue Jays fans has stopped burning over the last day and a half, a reminder...

Trumbo on his future, Kim on outfield incident and more - Steve Melewski
What will happen with Mark Trumbo? Probably he will go elsewhere as a free agent!

Beer can thrown at Orioles' Hyun Soo Kim the latest example of poor behavior at Rogers Centre - Baltimore Sun
Bless you, folks at The Baltimore Sun, for the reminder that while only one person threw a beer can on Tuesday night, this is NOT an isolated incident.

Five questions facing the Orioles this offseason - Baltimore Sun
One of the questions is "How will the Orioles continue to improve their on-base capabilities?" which kind of implies that those capabilities had ever started improving in the first place.

Birthdays and anniversaries

On this day in 1966, Jim Palmer, then just 20 years old, became the youngest ever pitcher with a World Series shutout, a 6-0 victory over the Dodgers in Game 2 of the series. In 1979, the Orioles won Game 4 of the ALCS against the Angels, 8-0, to clinch the American League pennant. Also on this day in 1983, Mike Boddicker struck out a then-playoff record 14 batters against the White Sox in Game 2 of that year's ALCS.

And on this day, my parents got married.

There are a few former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 2007-09 proto-cavalry Radhames Liz, 2013 sweatmaster Freddy Garcia, 1990 short-timer Greg Walker, and the late Joe Frazier of the 1956 Orioles.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Along with those former Orioles, your birthday buddies for today include: the creator of the world's oldest surviving globe, Martin Behaim (1459), Westinghouse founder George Westinghouse (1846), NFL head coach and talker Tony Dungy (1955), Back to the Future Part II/III actress Elisabeth Shue (1963), basketballer Rebecca Lobo (1973), and Clueless actor Jeremy Sisto (1974).

On this day in history...

In 23, two days after the ancient Chinese capital of Chang'an was sacked during a peasant rebellion, rebels entered the imperial palace, killed, and decapitated Xin dynasty emperor Wang Mang. He was the only Xin dynasty emperor.

In 1723, at the age of 17, Benjamin Franklin arrived in Philadelphia.

In 1889, Thomas Edison displayed his first motion picture.

In 1979, Pope John Paul II became the first pope to ever visit the White House.

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And that's the way it is in Birdland on October 6, and it'll probably stay that way because the season is over but the offseason hasn't begun yet. Nope, definitely not over it.