It’s the year of the Birds — Birdstone and his sons Mine That Bird and Summer Bird. It’s also the day of the MLB draft, when a 10th round pick years ago morphed into an iconic phenom known as The Bird. He was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1976, and he died two months ago, but he left an impression on every baseball fan who saw him play. My FB buddy Larry K sent me this link today– “One of the first Birds,” Larry said — a tribute to Mark The Bird Fidrych. Click here to see it.