BLUE CRABS BRING CLASSIC BACK TO 2013 HOME OPENER
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs will introduce their fresh-faced team in a new way during the 2013 season – in a traditional baseball atmosphere, on Wednesday, April 24 at 7:05 p.m against the York Revolution.

“The Blue Crabs are going to stay true to what opening day is really about this season,” Blue Crabs marketing manager Courtney Knichel said. “Baseball is continually becoming a tradition in Southern Maryland with each year and we’re excited to welcome fans and players back to Crustacean Nation in a classic baseball atmosphere.”

From the moment fans pull into the parking lot there will be sure signs of baseball in the air from the colorful balloons to the fresh paint job around Regency Furniture Stadium. As the first 1,000 fans enter the ballpark for the first time this season they’ll be welcomed back with one of our most popular promotions, our magnet schedule presented by Community Bank of Tri-County, as they walk through the front gates.

After grabbing some classic baseball fare they’ve been missing out on over the winter months, patrons can then head to their seats where they can expect this year’s opening ceremonies at the stadium to be like no other! From a giant American flag that encompasses the field to our guest of honor throwing out the first pitch, there’s a little of something for everyone.

The Blue Crabs will open the show in classic American style as local school color guards present the American flag to the crowd during the national anthem. At this time local area little league teams will join Blue Crabs players on the field as part of our “Field Of Dreams” program. This is not without our special guest, former Rookie of the Year and Baltimore Orioles Alumni, Al “the Bee” Bumbry, who’ll wrap-up on-field festivities by throwing out the night’s ceremonial first pitch.

Born April 21, 1947 in Fredericksburg, Va., Bumbry made his major league debut with the Orioles on September 5, 1972 as a pinch hitter in a 6-7 loss to the New York Yankees and was in good Atlantic League (ATLL) company in several ways, playing on the same team as hall of famer and Opening Day partner Brooks Robinson as well as current ATLL manager Sparky Lyle (Somerset Patriots) and former ATLL manager Andy Etchebarren (York Revolution).

The year following his major league debut Bumbry was named the American League Rookie of the Year Award, accomplishing a career-high .337 average with 73 runs, 120 hits, 23 stolen bases, 33 extra-base hits and 34 RBIs in 110 games and was also first in the American League in triples (11). Bumbry went on to appear in two World Series with Baltimore (1979, 1983), an All-Star game (1980) as well as being inducted into the Orioles and Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1987 and 1991, respectively.

Since retiring from baseball in 1985 Bumbry remains heavily involved with the Baltimore Orioles community efforts and his son Steven was drafted by the Orioles in the 12th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. The outfielder also served as the outfield/baserunning coach for the Revolution in 2007.

Gates for Wednesday’s game will open at 6:00 p.m. (5:45 p.m. for season ticket holders).The Blue Crabs remain home on Thursday, April 25 for the second of back-to-back tilts verse York in a game slated for 7:05 p.m. Southern Maryland will then host the Somerset Patriots for a three-game homestand on Friday, April 26 through Sunday April 28 at Regency Furniture Stadium.

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