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It’s playoff time for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, and while they were on the road earlier this week, some of their biggest fans were at the stadium cheering them on from afar.
This is the fifth consecutive playoff appearance for the Blue Crabs, who are in their sixth season.
According to the team, fans of the Blue Crabs responded in record numbers this season with attendance numbers up 5 percent from last year.
A team news release announced this week that the Blue Crabs drew 242,894 fans over 69 home games, boosting overall attendance by nearly 13,800. The season’s largest crowd, according to the release, came on July 4, when more than 8,200 fans set a franchise record for single-game attendance.
Bob Sorrells of Port Tobacco, president of the boosters club for the Blue Crabs, said the stadium is “starting to be fun again,” and that it’s all thanks to the team’s new general manager, Patrick Day.
Sorrells and booster member Vicki Hogston of La Plata said that Day is open to fans’ ideas and listens to their input.
On Tuesday, the stadium opened its Legends Club to host a viewing party so fans could see the team play ball against the Long Island Ducks in an away playoff match.
Prior to the game, Day said he came to the team in December and wanted to renew the focus on customer service.
Day said that the problem isn’t necessarily getting people to come to games, “the trick is to get people to come back to multiple games.”
Many fans come to see the boys of summer play ball, and others come for everything else the stadium has to offer, including play areas for children.
“It’s a good family atmosphere,” Sorrells said.
Booster Vice President Dave Round of Waldorf said that in the team’s sixth season, the community is catching on slowly that the stadium is a nice place to come with family.
Round said that Day works hard to get the word out for people to come to games, and for groups and organizations to come out and host events at the stadium.
Round said that after six seasons, it’s hard to believe there still are people in the area who have never been to a game.
Day said he is satisfied with what the stadium saw this year with an increase in attendance and that he is confident the stadium will see another 5 percent increase next year.
Round said that this was a rebuilding year for the team, which lost many veteran players from last season. He said they lost two top hitters this season. Sorells said the Blue Crabs were champions of the season’s first half, and that fans are ready to cheer them on in the playoff series going on now.
For the fourth straight year, the Blue Crabs lost their postseason opener, 6-2, on the road to playoff archrival Long Island on Wednesday night.
The series continued in Long Island for Game 2 on Thursday evening. The Blue Crabs will host the final three games of the series, the latter two if necessary, at Waldorf’s Regency Furniture Stadium Friday through Sunday.
Staff writer Dallas Cogle contributed to this report. firstname.lastname@example.org