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Are you pulling for the Chicago Cubs and their ex-Orioles?

Are you pulling for the Chicago Cubs and their ex-Orioles?

I had an interesting interaction with a reader on Twitter this week.

I made the assumption that Orioles fans are pulling for the Chicago Cubs because that team has several ex-Orioles on their roster.

There’s right-handed starter Jake Arrieta, also known to a disgruntled fan base as the ace that got away. Arrieta showed flashes of brilliance here, but never could do it consistently.

There’s right-handed reliever Pedro Strop, who went with Arrieta to Chicago in a 2013 deal for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger. Strop heard boos from some Orioles fans -- many who didn’t like the way he wore his cap askew -- but he was, and is, a pretty good...

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