Just like orioles, baseball players are adept at gliding across grassy fields, munching on seeds, and dodging bats in mid-air. Witness this acrobatic species in its natural habitat with today’s Groupon: for $11, you get two field-seat tickets to any Frederick Keys baseball game (a $22 value). This deal is valid for your choice of select home games in July or August. Click here for a full list of valid games.
Newly minted shortstop Manny Machado leads the Frederick Keys’ promising players through an exhilarating summer season as they metamorphose into major leaguers. A premier prospect and top-rated hitter and defensive infielder, Machado preserves the Class-A minor-league team’s impressive pedigree, which has included former players such as Orioles pitcher Brad Bergesen and catcher Matt Wieters. The Keys currently rank at the top of the Northern Carolina division, and audiences can watch them square off against a slew of formidable foes, including the Salem Red Sox in late July, the Lynchburg Hillcats in early August, or a peanut vendor uprising just before the playoffs. Field seats on the majestic Harry Grove Stadium situate fans directly on the field, their mitts ready to snag errant balls, Cracker Jacks, or mascot heads.
Named after "The Star Spangled Banner" songwriter and Frederick County resident Francis Scott Key, the Frederick Keys have represented the Baltimore Orioles as their Class-A affiliate since 1989. In the decades since, they've claimed the Carolina League championship four times, most recently in 2011. During the seventh inning stretch, up to 5,400 fans rise inside Harry Grove Stadium for a rendition of "We're the Frederick Keys," a song that encourages fans to shake their car keys, house keys, or any Keys player that needs a stern pep talk.