The crowd at Southern Maryland Blue Crabs games at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland, is a little louder than normal, a little more boisterous when former Washington Nationals pitching prospect Daryl Thompson is on the mound — the hometown hero. “He brings a lot of excitement to the ballpark with the fans that come out to see him pitch, family and friends,” said John Harris, Blue Crabs manager. It’s the crowd that grew up watching him pitch in Charles County Litt
Last Friday, fans in Buffalo, N.Y., celebrated all that is good and right about the game of baseball. They celebrated the qualities that fans yearn for but claim they can no longer find in the national pastime.
You could find those qualities - a love for the game and a connection to its fans - in places like Buffalo, and, for brief periods over the last 15 years, in places like Colorado Springs and Norfolk and Rochester and even Baltimore - every place where Jeff Manto pla