Just like flying squirrels, 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 see the Frederick Keys host the rival Potomac Nationals, good for any one game from May 17 through May 19 (a $22 value).
Eager baseball fans fill the field seats at Harry Grove Stadium to watch the Frederick Keys' promising players as they metamorphose into major leaguers. The Class-A minor-league team—whose former players include Orioles pitcher Brad Bergesen and catcher Matt Wieters—currently ranks near the top of the Northern Carolina division and ahead of their visiting rival, the Potomac Nationals. Watch the Keys dazzle the Nationals with raw talent and pitch-perfect Burt Bacharach covers on Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 18 at 7 p.m., or Thursday, May 19 at 11 a.m. Field seats 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.