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The Atlantic League All-Star Celebration baseball game is coming to Waldorf this year. Patrick Day, general manager of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs baseball team, promised Wednesday that the event will mean “48 hours of nonstop fun” for people in the region, beginning with a troupe of circus performers putting on a show at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf the night of July 9.
There also will be fireworks, a laser show and other entertainment.
The game itself will be July 10, featuring 50 players from both divisions of the minor league, according to a team news release.
“This is a very special honor, something that probably won’t happen for another decade,” Day said.
The game and its associated festivities should raise the profile of Charles County as well as Southern Maryland, said local leaders who spoke at a ceremony promoting the event Wednesday.
The game will be a boon “not just for St. Charles but for the entire county, certainly, and Southern Maryland, as well. So many things going on in our county go unremarked upon, but we think this event is going to serve as a tremendous showcase,” said Craig Renner, spokesman for The St. Charles Cos., a Waldorf developer that is sponsoring the game.
All-star games traditionally “showcase the players. Our mission on this is to showcase the community, show the community what this ballpark can be and what this brand can be,” Day said.
Part of the aim is to lure people in who haven’t attended games before with spectacles unrelated to the sport, he said.
But season ticket-holders Peter and Martha Worrell of Bryantown didn’t need any such incentives. They already were enthusiastic about the plans. They regularly attend games with their 16-year-old son and his friends, considering it a safe place for teenagers to hang out. Their 15-month-old grandson “loves to see Pinch,” the Blue Crabs mascot, Martha Worrell said.
“We love the Blue Crabs. It’s always a fun environment here. We don’t mind bringing our family here to hang out,” she said. She and her husband bought tickets to the all-star game the day they went on sale, and were going to buy at least a few tickets to the pregame festivities as well, they said.
Peter Worrell said he thought the event could raise the local profile of the region by “bringing more attention to Southern Maryland and the good things that are happening here.” The party could even lure businesses, he continued: “At least it will bring some eyes to take a look.”
Connie House of Pomfret was excited about the circus troupe, Circurious.
“The circus part will be really neat. I haven’t been to a Barnum and Bailey circus in the longest time,” House said.
She’s also a regular at the stadium.
“It’s really a lot of fun. It’s some great value for a dollar. I think everyone is friendly,” she said.