Now that the weather is warming up there is no doubt excitement is in the air for all the fun spring and summer activities that will soon take place.

One of them — a national pastime — is baseball. We’re lucky in Southern Maryland to have our own minor league team that’s only a short drive away. Just like it’s important to support local businesses in order to have a thriving economy within a town, it’s important to support local organizations such as the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs so the area can remain a thriving place to live, work and play.

I have fond memories of going to baseball games with my parents and brother when I was younger. My parents were thrilled when the Washington Nationals came to town, if only because it brought back memories of their respective parents’ love for the game.

My mother told stories of how her father dreamed of playing for the former Washington Senators until he was drafted in World War II. My father’s father was a catcher for the Brandywine AC’s in the Tri-State League and probably also aspired to one day play professional ball.

Likely, many people have similar stories of what baseball has meant to them and their family and visiting our local Southern Maryland Blue Crabs this summer could be a perfect way to honor those memories.

This year, a list of events and initiatives will make the season an exciting one.

A movie will be played on the big screen after every Friday night game and local businesses are sponsoring the “Lights over Southern Maryland Fireworks Spectacular,” on April 22, May 13, June 17, July 4, July 29, Aug. 19 and Sept. 16.

The Blue Crabs and University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center will host “Paint the Park Pink” on June 17. On July 7, the team will honor Nolan Scully who lost his life to a form of pediatric cancer as part of Children’s Pediatric Cancer Awareness Night.

The nation’s birthday will be celebrated on July 4. It’s red, white and blue crabs celebration night at the park with a postgame fireworks extravaganza presented by Wawa.

July 29 is Star Wars night with a special appearance by Jedi Saber Combat with postgame fireworks. Beauty and the Beast will make an appearance on Aug. 20, and Aug. 26 is National Dog Day and fans can bring their dogs for Bark in the Park day.

A number of other nights will be dedicated to first responders, law enforcement and the military in addition to Mother’s Day and Father’s Day celebrations.

So break out your hat and jersey, slather on that sunscreen and let’s play ball!

Sara Newman

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