The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs have been making baseball news in Waldorf since they formed in 2008, and were selected to host the 2013 Atlantic League All-Star Game in July.
During the regular season, the Blue Crabs play 140 games – 70 at home – from late April through late September. They welcomed about 250,000 spectators to the 4,200-seat Regency Furniture Stadium in 2012.
“The team attracts fans mostly from Charles County, but we also market to St. Mary’s, Calvert and Prince George’s counties as well as northern Virginia. The team plays good, high-quality baseball," says Amanda McComas, community relations manager for the team.
The Blue Crabs have enjoyed various successes during their brief history, including making the Atlantic League playoffs for the past four seasons. The team plays independent league baseball (not affiliated with Major League Baseball), although Major League teams can sign independent league players to MLB minor league contracts if desired.
McComas says the Blue Crabs also give back to the community by offering a number of special promotions. For example, a Paint the Park Pink game is held on a Saturday during the summer to promote breast cancer awareness, with several activities culminated by a balloon release by breast cancer survivors.
“We also organize a Pinch On to Books Reading Program, where our Blue Crabs mascot Pinch goes to all area schools to promote reading,” McComas says. “The program lasts a few weeks, and our team provides a pizza party to the top-reading school in each county.”
The Blue Crabs also host charity events that benefit organizations such as the Southern Maryland Food Bank, the Salvation Army, Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, Soldier’s Angels, Oriole Advocates, and the American Red Cross. There is also a Prostate Cancer Awareness Night to further promote health and wellness.
“Brooks Robinson of Baltimore Orioles fame is one of the ownership partners for the team, and our Blue Crabs fan base has the nickname of Crustacean Nation,” McComas says. “Family fun and good baseball – that’s what the Blue Crabs are all about.”
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