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Take Yourself to the Ballpark

From Major League to local teams, the nation’s pastime is alive and well

“I see great things in baseball,” wrote America’s poet Walt Whitman 169 years ago. “It’s our game — the American game.
    “It has the snap, go, fling of the American atmosphere.”
    Baseball lays out an inviting green carpet on which nine leaping athletes chase each other while throwing, catching and hitting a white ball. They take the field full of hope, follow the rules, trust in skill and and believe luck will bless them.
    We go to watch them with the same faith, hope and trust.
    But day games played under a blazing sun can wilt the spirit. During even the worst heat waves, the cover of night takes the sting out of the air. As the hours tick away, you’ll be seduced by the color, carried on the flow, rise with The Wave and — especially in Minor League ball — delighted by silly fun.
    Don’t let summer fly by without spending an evening in the park.
    Baseball is abundant in the Chesapeake region, with two Major League and six Minor League teams.

Baltimore Orioles: baltimore.orioles.mlb.com.
Washington Nationals: washington.nationals.mlb.com.
Aberdeen Ironbirds: ironbirdsbaseball.com.
Bowie Baysox: baysox.com.
Delmarva Shorebirds: theshorebirds.com.
Frederick Keys: frederickkeys.com.
Hagerstown Suns: hagerstownsuns.com.
Southern Maryland Blue Crabs: somdbluecrabs.com