The Red Sox are headed to the World Series Chipper Jones Jersey , which means one thing: we’re all pulling for you, TBD National League team!"the torture of the 2018 season was over? You thought this year couldn’t possibly get any more miserable for Orioles fans? Well, guess what — the Boston Red Sox are headed to the World Series.The Sox completed their ALCS win over the defending champion Astros last night, sweeping all three games in Houston to advance to the Fall Classic. After the excitement of Game 4, replete with back-and-forth lead changes and umpiring shenanigans, the Astros looked completely listless in the decisive Game 5. Justin Verlander, normally an unhittable force in elimination games, coughed up four runs, while the Astros lost to David Price, who had never won a postseason start in 11 previous attempts.So there you have it. The Orioles’ most-hated rival — or at least, co-most-hated rival along with the Yankees — has a chance to win their fourth World Series in the last 15 years. Everything is awful.There’s nothing left to do but hope the National League representative can take down the Sox in the Series. That team will be identified either tonight or tomorrow, with the Dodgers holding a 3-2 series lead over the Brewers as the NLCS shifts back to Milwaukee. No matter how you may feel about the Dodgers or Brewers (if you have any strong feelings about them at all), it’s time to jump on their bandwagon. At least for the next week or so.LinksOrioles fans ask about GM, manager searches - MLB.comBrittany Ghiroli answers questions from readers, and suggests it’s “not of the question” that the O’s would re-sign Adam Jones if his market collapses. I’d be floored if that happened John Smoltz Jersey , but not exactly upset.Machado’s mentor: ‘A lot of people will never get to know who the guy is, who the man is. They just know who Swaggy Machado is’ – The AthleticWith Manny Machado making headlines this postseason -- for both good and bad reasons -- his former O's infield coach, Bobby Dickerson, has thoughts.Lamenting loss of Bleier and finding silver linings among lefties - School of RochThe Orioles say the season-ending injury to Richard Bleier was one of the biggest blows of the year. It sure didn’t help, I agree, but the season was already a disaster before that happened.Revisiting 2018 AL East Position Rankings: Starting rotation, bullpen, manager - BaltimoreBaseball.comI finish up my position-by-position rankings of the AL East teams with a review of the pitchers and managers. The Orioles...do not fare well in those categories.Orioles birthdays and historyIs today your birthday? Happy birthday! You share a birthday with current Oriole Anthony Santander (24), who was banished to the minors the moment his Rule 5 obligation was fulfilled and hasn’t seen the majors since. Will he end up being worth the parts of two seasons the O’s spent carrying him on their active roster?I regret to inform you that you also share a birthday with ever-so-brief Oriole and longtime O’s antagonist Jose Bautista (38). He, like Santander, was originally acquired in the Rule 5 draft. Unlike Santander, he has since had a long career in the majors and has become one of the most eminently unlikable players in the game. Your two other O’s birthday buddies are 1988 righty Oswaldo Peraza (56) and 1966-67 catcher Vic Roznovsky (80).On this day in 2006, the Orioles named Nicole Sherry their head groundskeeper. She became just the second woman ever to hold that title for a major league team. Twelve years later, she’s still on the job. The winter meetings have come and gone, and the O’s added three new infielders but no manager (at least not officially)."Good morning, Camden Chatters.How would you spend a week in Las Vegas? Playing the slots? Seeing a few shows? Camping out at the blackjack table?Well Matt Kemp Jersey , if you’re the Orioles, you’d spend your time collecting infielders. After four days at the winter meetings, the Birds left Vegas with three more infielders than they arrived with. They claimed Rio Ruiz on waivers on Monday, and yesterday they added a pair of Rule 5 picks, Richie Martin and Drew Jackson, to fill their 40-man roster.Mike Elias is doing his best to address one of the Orioles’ many glaring weaknesses, as the Orioles’ infield depth throughout the organization is noticeably lacking. Before this week, they had only one projected starter in the middle infield — Jonathan Villar, who can play either shortstop or second base — with utility guys such as Breyvic Valera and Steve Wilkerson lurking on the periphery. In the minors, shortstop prospects Adam Hall and Cadyn Grenier are far away from the majors, while top prospect Ryan Mountcastle is currently a third baseman but has struggled defensively and might not stick there.Ruiz, Martin, and Jackson give the Orioles at least a little bit of protection in the infield, though none of them project as everyday players. The Orioles don’t need stars right now — they’re perfectly content with youngish, cheap players who have a bit of upside and can make a contribution while Elias and his staff continue to rebuild the club from the bottom up.Better get used to it. That’s going to be the philosophy in Birdland for the next couple of years. So if you’re expecting any big-name player acquisitions, you’re following the wrong team. LinksWrapping up the Rule 5 draft - School of RochWho says Elias is totally cleaning house in the front office? Tripp Norton is still the Orioles’ director of baseball operations Hank Aaron Jersey , and here he offers some insight on the club’s new Rule 5 picks.‘Learning experience’ is basically the only way that can describe the Orioles’ time at the 2018 Winter Meetings – The AthleticDan Connolly writes that Mike Elias learned a lot during his first winter meetings as a GM -- including how awkward it is when the media reports that you’ve hired your manager before you’re ready to make that announcement.Orioles add depth at Meetings, need manager - Orioles.comJoe Trezza breaks down the Orioles’ three biggest remaining needs. Only three?Mike Elias: Longtime Oriole Adam Jones ‘no different’ from other free agents the team will monitor - Baltimore SunElias is well aware of Adam Jones’s importance to the Orioles and the city of Baltimore, but he’s not going to let that sway his opinion of whether Jones is a good fit for the club next season.For new Orioles GM, fixing Chris Davis is a daunting yet essential task - The Washington PostDave Sheinin writes that the Orioles fixing Davis is “the only way for them to find a way forward in the next four years.” I can’t say I agree with the premise. But a Davis improvement certainly would be nice, and perhaps the Orioles’ new analytics-heavy approach can help him.Orioles birthdays and historyIs today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have four Oriole birthday buddies, though the only one still living is Rodrigo Lopez (43), who was the de facto ace of some really awful O’s pitching staffs from 2002-06. He was the AL Rookie of the Year runner-up in 2002 when he went 15-9 with a 3.57 ERA.Other ex-Orioles with birthdays today are 1964 righty Sam Jones (b. 1925, d. 1971); 1956 infielder Bobby Adams (b. 1921, d. 1997); and 1991 righty Jeff Robinson (b. 1961, d. 2014). On this day in 2011, the Orioles signed lefty Tsuyoshi Wada out of Japan as new GM Dan Duquette hit the Asian market hard (he signed Wei-Yin Chen a month later). Wada never threw a pitch for the Orioles, undergoing Tommy John surgery in May 2012, though he later pitched a couple years for the Cubs before returning to Japan.