One summer sport that gets little attention is Minor League baseball. Minor League baseball is great because there aren’t huge crowds. The fans can have easy access to the great seats at these smaller ballparks.
I didn’t really become a Minor League baseball fan until about ten years ago. Co-workers and myself attended a night game as a membership activity for a peer center. We went to a Columbus Clippers game. It was a great night. Part of my enjoyment was seeing the excitement on some of the people’s faces in our group who had never been to a baseball game before that night. I became even more interested in Minor League baseball when a person from my high school was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles. Jedidiah Stephen played for the Baltimore Orioles minor league teams Aberdeen, Bowie, Frederick and Delmarva.
The Aberdeen Ironbirds are now owned by Cal Ripkin Jr. Cal Ripkin Jr. was a shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles for many years. According to en.wikipedia.org.AberdeenIronbirds, the Ironbirds are a part of the New York-Penn League. The Aberdeen Ironbirds are now based in Aberdeen, Maryland. Aberdeen has been associated with the Major League teams: Blue Jays, White Sox, Marlins and the Phillies, according to en.wikipedia.org.AberdeenIronbirds.
Jedidiah Stephen became a part of the Aberdeen Ironbirds history book on July 8, 2007 according to orioleshangout.com,Stephen Records Ironbird’s Second Cycle by Steve Conley. According to Steve Conley’s report, Jedidiah Stephen hit a single, a double, a triple and a homerun during the game against the Auburn Doubledays. According to the article, Stephen Records Ironbird’s Second Cycle, there has been only one other Aberdeen player to accomplish this feat.
Another Baltimore Orioles Minor League team is the Bowie Baysox. The Baysox are a AA Minor League baseball team according to en.wikipedia.org.BowieBaysox. This Minor League team is based in Bowie, Mayland and currently plays in the Prince George’s Stadium states the website en.wikipedia.org.Bowie Baysox. According to en.wikipedia.org.BowieBaysox, this team was the best Minor League organization in 1997.
The website www.mariettatimes.com.;Former Beallsville Star Pitcher Back On MLB Hill, by Rod Johnston, reported that Jedidiah Stephen was playing second base for the Bowie Baysox. Jedidiah Stephen is a graduate of Shenandoah High School and The Ohio State University. According to www.pressboxonline.com.,BowieStrong-ArmsWayToContention, writerJeff Seidel reported that Jedidiah Stephen had a .297 batting average for the 2008 Bowie season in July.
The third Minor League team is the Frederick Keys. According to en.wikipedia.org.FrederickKeys, this team is based in Frederick, Maryland. This team was named after Francis Scott Key; the Star Spangled Banner, according to en.wikipedia.org.FrederickKeys. There have been two Frederick Keys players who have been signed to pay for the Baltimore Orioles reported en.wikipedia.org.FrederickKeys. The were Eugene Kingsdale and Jeff Fiorentino. This information was gathered from en.wikipedia.org.FrederickKeys.
While playing for the Frederick Keys, Jedidiah Stephen hit a homerun that traveled approximately 400 feet according to orioleshangout.com. In three years of Minor League baseball play, Jedidiah Stephen had a batting average of .520 according to minorleaguebaseball.com.
Baseball parks are so much fun. Minor League parks are easily accessible. And besides what other sport does a fan get to cheer for teams with the names Baysox or Ironbirds?