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Taylor Guerrieri

Commentary: Looking over my notes after the IronBirds' home opener

At the risk of sounding jaded, Wednesday night marked the fifth straight season I have watched the IronBirds play their first game at Ripken Stadium. It was a bit unusual in that it was not "opening day," because the IronBirds opened up the 2012 campaign on the road at Hudson Valley, but you would never have been able to tell that from the number of people who showed up. Seeing a sell-out crowd at Ripken Stadium reminds me of what 2009 first-round pick Matt Hobgood said last year, when he was assigned to Aberdeen for a rehab stint: "The fans here are pretty intense. I just came up from the Gulf Coast League, and I think the average attendance was three people per game."...

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