The Aberdeen IronBirds, the Orioles’ Class A short-season affiliate, will change their name to the Aberdeen Star-Spangled Banners this season for Sunday home games and Military Appreciation Night, which is Aug. 9, as a way to honor the military and Maryland as the birthplace of the national anthem.
“Honoring and helping our country’s military has always been one of the IronBirds’ highest priorities,” the team’s general manager, Matt Slatus, said in a statement Monday. “We’re so excited to be able to celebrate Maryland’s history and the National Anthem as a way to support our military and their families on and off the field.”
The IronBirds will wear uniforms that feature a patch for the branches of the military and the lyrics to the anthem on the jersey’s tail. They will be auctioned off later in the year to benefit the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a nonprofit that offers care to those who have lost a service member.
In addition, the IronBirds also announced Monday that for the second season, they will be called the Steam Crabs for one game, Aug. 24. The team will release a schedule of all-you-can-eat crab feasts Friday, which is National Crab Meat Day. During the feasts, fans can partake in all-you-can-eat steamed crabs at the ballpark.