Seven short hours ago at the stroke of midnight, 2017 because this year for the Baltimore Orioles. 2016 is now officially last year…all it took was the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve! If you’re reading this before noon, congratulations. That means you’re like me, and you like getting a jump start on your day – and year.
The alternative is that you’re like me in another way…you’re so unpopular that nobody wants to do New Year’s Eve with you. But I digress…welcome to this year, O’s fans! Does it feel any different?
It shouldn’t. The Orioles still have the same virtues and shortcomings as they did yesterday. However New Year’s Day is a strategic moment in the off season. When the calendar turns can also be when the hot stove season really gets heated up. But we’ll get to that.
For now, I hope that all of you had a safe and Happy New Year last night and today. We find ourselves in a weird bizzaro world whereby the NFL season is closing on New Year’s Day, whereby normally it’s a day stacked with college football. But baseball’s coming folks, and soon at that!