Just one of the many great things about minor league baseball is the opportunity to see major leaguers on rehab assignment. Not only is it fun for the fans to see their favorite players up-close, but its good for the box office, too. Last year, Strasburg-mania was a great success for the Nationals’ affiliates.
This past week, when I heard Bryce Harper was rehabbing at Potomac, I contemplated going. Unfortunately, it was the middle of the week, and its hard to get all they way down there in rush hour after work. But then they announced he’d be playing with Harrisburg for their series against the Baysox, I decided I couldn’t let the opportunity pass. I’d missed Oriole Nick Markakis rehabbing with Bowie last year, I wasn’t going to miss another of my favorite players there.
As soon as we turned onto Ballpark Drive, my excitement doubled. The Baysox sign at the corner announced that not only would we be seeing Harper but we’d be seeing Wei-Yin Chen pitch for the Baysox. Not to mention Nolan Reimold who’d been with the Baysox for a while.
Of course, I love the Baysox without these added players, but the excitement of the crowd was contagious Saturday night. It’s good to see a large crowd at Prince George’s Stadium, and it’s always fun to see Nats fans and O’s fans (or maybe Harrisburg fans and Bowie fans) enjoying a game together.