Story | Jun 21, 2012
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Story | Jun 21, 2012 | 9:44 AMAt 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." Hobgood was obviously joking, but I'm glad I don't have to cover baseball games at some field in south Florida that doesn't have a press box and is so empty on game nights that you can hear the players chattering in the dugout. Full stadiums and air-conditioned press booths are a-OK with me. In any case, to stick with last week's idea of expanding on the things I jotted down in my gameday notebook, here are my thoughts on the IronBirds' home opener.
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Whispers Angels reliever Scott Downs, a former Blue Jay, spoke for a lot of people in Toronto when he trashed the ESPN story speculating that sign stealing at the Rogers Centre has helped Jose Bautista establish himself as one of baseball's best hitters....