Welcome back IronBirds fans! We are officially one week away from IronBirds baseball and two weeks away form Opening Day! We have a very exciting week coming up at Ripken Stadium and we are ending the week with something we have never done before!
This weekend coaches and players will start arriving in Aberdeen. Many of the players arriving this weekend are coming from Extended Spring Training down in Florida. Today was the second day of the First Year Player Draft and the first day the Orioles had a pick. Today the Orioles drafted five pitchers, two infielders, and one outfielder. These players will need to sign contracts before possibly joining the IronBirds roster. We expect to have a roster in the next few days, but there will be several changes between now and Friday.
This week we have a ton of work to do before the team gets here and even more work prior to Opening Day. Our staff has been busy getting the locker room set up and field ready. Plus we have to get all of our brand new jerseys ready for the season. Our white home jerseys all get names put on them, and we must get the grey, black and orange jerseys ready as well. Our grounds crew has been busy preparing the field for practices as well. No more games are being played at Ripken Stadium until Opening Day to give the grounds crew plenty of time to prepare the field. We even have a brand new tarp for this season! You will even see some new changes to the facility (both downstairs and on the Club Level) this season as well!
Practice will take place in the evenings this week. Over the years, many fans have requested to see pre-season practices or even batting practices. On Thursday, June 12th, we will be opening the stadium for evening practice. All of our fans are invited!! The event is free and open to the public. You can come into the stadium at 6 p.m. with the event ending at 8 p.m. Concession stands will be open and we will have tables on our concourse as well. This will be your first chance to check out your 2014 IronBirds before the hit the road to Hudson Valley. We hope all our fans will come out next Thursday to show our new group of players that IronBirds’ fans are the best fans in baseball! Stay tuned over the next week as more details are revealed!
Over the summer make sure to keep checking back to the Bird Watch blog for all of your insider information. Over the next few months you will be getting more detailed team information, see player interviews, and preview all of the important information for upcoming home stands. We will be posting more often and you will even get more posts from our Media Relations department. Also, make sure to keep sending your IronBirds’ questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We only have two Mailbox Mondays before Opening Day so get your questions in now! Check back on Monday to see if you questions is answered!
Until then…Go IronBirds!