Community pride [Editorial]

It’s only been a week, so we’ll wait to make a final pronouncement, but the first few days of the Aberdeen IronBirds 2018 season doesn’t make the rest of the year look too promising.

The IronBirds went 2-4 on their first homestand that started with Opening Night last Friday and ended with an 11-5 loss Wednesday. Stumbling out of the gate isn’t a good look, especially after what’s happened with their parent club this season.

The Baltimore Orioles, the parent club of Aberdeen’s Class A NewYork-Penn League affiliate, were eliminated before the IronBirds short season started.

It’s rare that any team is eliminated as quickly as the Orioles were this year with such a horrific start.

Instead of recounting the misery that Baltimore baseball fans are feeling, we instead look to all of the joy that can still be had at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen.

One of the greatest joys of Minor League Baseball is that it’s to be savored more for its entertainment value than it is for its competitive nature.

Not everyone sees it that way, but communities are blessed to have Minor League Baseball teams, especially those with facilities as wonderful as Ripken Stadium.

Ripken Stadium should be a source of community pride rather than the center of a community controversy that hurts the joy of the ballpark far more than does the home team not being very good.

There’s still plenty of fireworks and other promotions to be enjoyed as well as friends to see and things for kids to do at the ballpark.

A week does not a season make.

So, for now, stick with the ’Birds, at least the IronBirds, and enjoy something special not found in many communities.

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