by Justin Crockett

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This past week, Nick Markakis decided to leave the Baltimore Orioles after a nine year career with the Birds:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/blog/bal-nick-markakis-departure-hard-to-digest-for-several-reasons-20141204-story.html

As a lifelong Orioles fan, it might seem far-fetched to me in this business age of baseball that he should have been a career Oriole, and indeed should have even had his number retired at the end of his run. To me, it’s not about the numbers, which were surely strong in his first 4 seasons with the team. It was about that roughly defined “Oriole Way”, which is not about stats or prominence, but being nameless for the sake of the team, playing every day, and playing like a kid.

You will be missed, Nicky.

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