Amid last year’s Opening Day fanfare there was a somber feeling in the press box at Camden Yards -- a reminder we had lost some old friends the previous offseason, including a longtime sportswriter, an Orioles superfan and Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver.
That day stung a little bit.
In comparison, I imagine this year’s opener will feel like the business end of a swarm of angry wasps.
Since the end of the 2013 season, the Orioles family lost, among others, former minority owner Tom Clancy and Gold Glove stalwart Paul Blair.
Then, on Feb. 28, Orioles public relations director Monica Pence Barlow succumbed to lung cancer after a valiant, years-long battle. She was...