Reasons to be thankful on the designated day

Today is a day to discover the finest in a world that may be uncooperative all through the search.

To be thankful for extra time in it.

Sure beats the various.

That truly ought to be achieved each morning when our ft hit the ground, however the fourth Thursday in November has change into the official date.

The stress builds if coaxed into expressing it at the dinner desk between bites of stuffing, however the relaxation is gravy.

Let’s get began right here, good and early. I’ll go first, in no specific order:

* The alternative to cowl a successful staff once more.

* The alternative to work, interval.

* The feeling of normalcy once more, aside from the masks required inside the clubhouse, a rule which may be lifted in 2023. Full media and crowd entry from the starting, full journey, open press lounge for meals.

* Manager Brandon Hyde’s continued endurance whereas asking the similar questions, two of the hottest being the new left area dimensions and his pleasure over the younger prospects. They saved coming in waves. He might have bodysurfed out of the interview room.

* Lazy fly balls to the left being caught or touchdown on the grass as an alternative of in the seats. Camden Yards realized how to play truthful.

* Mike Elias’ imaginative and prescient. The potentialities he noticed with this group after his hiring as govt vice chairman/basic supervisor.

* Players who have been respectful to the media, particularly after video games. It’s a extremely good group. Not many complaints there.

* Kyle Bradish’s arrival on April 29, which ended persistent questions on when the Orioles would lastly convey him up.

* Jordan Lyles’ considerate solutions after a begin, even when it prolonged the time spent transcribing. He labored simply as onerous at his locker as he did on the mound. And as you might need observed on the MASN broadcast, he might get downright foolish after some wins.

* Anthony Santander’s humorousness. Maybe the most pleasurable interview, particularly when he bounced between English and Spanish. He was having enjoyable with us, and the feeling was mutual.

* Adley Rutschman’s arrival on May 21, which ended persistent questions on when the Orioles would lastly convey him up.

* A catcher who can catch and throw. A sport changer.

* Every minute spent with Trey Mancini.

* The expertise gained from greater than 25 years on the beat to rewrite a narrative shortly and hold a minimum of most of it correct whereas the Orioles are rallying once more in the late innings. It’s like they do it simply to mess with the media. Pranksters.

* Kyle Stower’s arrival on June 13 and return two months later, which ended persistent questions on when the Orioles would lastly convey him up.

* Seeing Jorge López’s son, Mikael, on street journeys.

* The computerized runner on second base in further innings. Sorry purists, however I see sufficient baseball with out the risk of 17-inning video games and batters simply swinging for the fences.

* DL Hall’s arrival on Aug. 13 and return three weeks later, which ended persistent questions on when the Orioles would lastly convey him up.

* Marriott and Southwest factors.

* Ballparks inside strolling distance of the lodge. Took full benefit of it in Cleveland and Minnesota. Was just a bit too leery of the warmth in Arlington, selecting to spare the individuals sitting close to me in the press field.

* Heston Kjerstad’s return to good well being. And yeah, he is received spectacular energy. Comes as marketed.

* Gunnar Henderson’s arrival on Aug. 31, which ended persistent questions on when the Orioles would lastly convey him up.

* A spouse who understands the job and its calls for and is extremely supportive. And she works even more durable than me. My finest pal. She’s a gem.

* My household, together with a granddaughter who makes it attainable for me to verify what everybody says: There’s nothing higher than being a grandparent. She melts my coronary heart.

* Everyone who reads me on this house, and everybody who retains the conversations flowing. Couldn’t do any of this with out you. You might not soften my coronary heart, however you contact it.

* Cranberry sauce in a can.

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