Wednesday, June 13, 2012
For the first time in many years, baseball fans throughout Maryland and the DC Metro Area are finally getting a taste of what it feels like to have a winning team. As of this writing, the Washington Nationals lead the National League East while the Balitmore Orioles are just a game out of first in the American League East. While many are optimistic about the prospect of October baseball in our area, those who have been here before will tell you it'll take until after the All-Star break in mid-July until playoff fever can really set in. Plenty of other teams have been here only to hit the proverbial June swoon, sinking in the standings and never recovering. Others have hung in there until All-Star Game only to come back afterwards, unable to regain a footing.
If you haven't been to see either team yet, treat yourself to an evening at the ballpark. You can see both teams go head-to-head in Baltimore the weekend of June 22-24 in round two of "the Battle of the Beltways." If you can't make it in person, check out the teams from the comfort of your own living room on MASN, MASN2, or DC50 (check your local listings). Not quite ready for the Majors? There is plenty of Minor League fun to be had in our area as well. The Frederick Keys and Bowie Baysox (Class A and Class AA affiliates of the Baltimore Orioles, respectively) as well as the Hagerstown Suns (Class AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals offer tons of fun for the whole family. Even closer to home are the local teams of the Cal Ripken Collegiate League (Bethesda Big Train, Rockville Express, and Silver Spring/Takoma Park Thunderbolts, among others).
You can also get in the mood by checking out several baseball related titles at your local MCPL branch.
For some mood music, check out our newest digital music resource, Freegal, and download some selections from the album Take Me Out to the Ballgame: America's Favorite Pastime in Song. (Freegal also has songs from current artists including Adele and Gavin DeGraw.)