Fact: Ahead of the 1966 season, the O's traded Milt Pappas and a couple of guys you've never heard of for Frank Robinson. That season Robinson won the Triple Crown and the MVP while leading the Orioles to their first World Series win, cementing not only the greatest trade in Orioles history, but one of the greatest trades of all time.
What is now becoming clear, however, is that the Adam Jones deal was Baltimore's second-greatest trade. The O's sent the oft-injured Erik Bedard to Seattle for five players, including George Sherrill, who had an All-Star season as the Orioles closer, and starter Chris Tillman, who is about as close as the Birds get to having an ace, which is nice. But more importantly, they got Adam Jones, who is not only the best player the O's have got, he's also the best teammate, which may be even more important. Sure, the All-Star games (four), Gold Gloves (three) and Silver Slugger awards (one) are great, but giving fans a player to cheer for and teammates a leader to follow is even greater.
Fiction: The third-best trade was for Glen Davis.
Fact: Speaking of Adam Jones, his celebratory pies to the face have become one of the most fun Baltimore sports traditions in a long time. Unfortunately, the shaving cream pies were burning players' eyes and they apparently need those to see the ball and stuff, so this season, the team switched to real pies from Dangerously Delicious, which makes for a much better motivator. Those things are delicious and 6 bucks a slice, which is pretty steep even for a guy like Nick Markakis, who's pulling down close to 95 grand per game. Nothing motivates like free pie.
Fiction: Adam Jones' pie ploy is a smashing success, but many forget that, during his two seasons with the club, former Oriole Albert Belle implemented a far-less-popular celebration. After an O's win Belle would leap from his ambush spot in the dugout and bum rush the game's MVP. After playfully wrestling his teammate to the ground, he'd drag him down the tunnel and stuff him into a locker full of live ferrets, where he would remain trapped, afraid and, save the hundreds of biting ferrets, alone until the third inning of the next game. Having a great performance the night before an off day was particularly dreaded.
Fact: Three Orioles, Jones, Wieters, and Nelson Cruz, were voted All-Star game starters, the most of any team in the American League. The Birds have come a long way from the team that sent only the mandatory one player for nine out of 10 seasons between 2001 and 2011.