At Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick, the tickets are cheap, the atmosphere is fun and the stands, at least on many nights, are full.
And that's just the way David Pearlman wants to keep it.
Pearlman is the president of Triple Play Partners, which this week agreed to buy a controlling interest in the Keys, Bowie Baysox and Delmarva Shorebirds from Comcast-Spectacor. For the former radio executive, the idea of purchasing minor league baseball franchises was anything but a whim.
"I've had my eye on this industry for a long time, and I was looking for the right opportunity to kick off a new company," Pearlman said. "We approached Comcast. They didn't have a sign on the freeway saying, 'For Sale.' "
Joe Pinto, the general manager of the Keys, said that while the team's ownership may be about to change, in all probability little else will.
"They bought a good model, so I think it can only get better," Pinto said. "They're very fan-service oriented and they have a passion for minor league baseball. They get it. They know it's about affordable family entertainment. I don't see any really major changes."
Pinto said the sale shouldn't affect the pending renovation of Harry Grove Stadium, which will be paid for largely by the city and county. Pearlman said he hopes to meet with local government officials to move ahead with the process.
Pinto said the relationship with Comcast-Spectacor, which purchased the Orioles affiliates in 2000 from the Maryland Baseball Limited Partnership, remains good.
"They have so many other major projects going on . . . that they just need to take some of those funds and move them over to some of those bigger projects," Pinto said. "That's totally understood."
To Pearlman, the immediate goal is continuity.
"Right now we want to get our arms around it," Pearlman said. "We're planning no management changes. There are successful franchises that we want to go to another level with. Just as importantly, we want to use them as a foundation to build a larger company in the space."