A few tidbits..

*The Toronto Blue Jays announced today that they have signed former Orioles outfielder Corey Patterson to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league spring training.

Patterson was well thought of by manager Buck Showalter but the feeling was unless Felix Pie was traded, Patterson was the odd man out in the outfield. The Blue Jays showed the most interest in the 31-year-old, so it was the best move for him. Best of luck to Corey, who was a quiet, classy guy. 

*After making a financial donation and distributing a glove and baseball to each child present at last week’s annual OriolesReach Holiday Party, on Tuesday Nick and Christina Markakis –through their RightSide Foundation — treated area resident Jacqueline Bassett and her five children to an all-expenses paid Target trip. The shopping spree -which was coordinated in conjunction with OriolesReach-  started with the Bassetts being picked up in a limousine at their home and whisked off to join the Markakis clan.

The Bassett family was selected with the help of Samuel F. B. Morse Elementary School in Baltimore City, where two of the children are honor roll students and actively involved in student council, safety patrol and the chess team.

“It’s wonderful; it’s a feeling I don’t think anything can replace,” Christina said of the unique ability the Foundation has given her and Nick to help give back.
 
“These children, this family has proven themselves and shown that you can still work hard and do the right thing, even if you don’t have the financial need to have the best of the clothes, the best of stuff.

This is exactly why we want to gift them with what we feel they absolutely deserve.”

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As we creep closer to Christmas I’ll have a bigger story up on the Markakis’ charitable efforts, which are very wide-ranging this holiday season.

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