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Brian Eller

Spreading the wealth

Every few winters, my family would load up the car and take the family out to Deep Creek Lake, nestled out in Maryland's Garrett County, a beautiful part of Western Maryland which offered some much-needed rest and relaxation.

It's not a place for the typical vacation. It's far away from any big-city sites -- the only things to do are fish, ski and hunt, but it's perfect for me. I've never really enjoyed trips to the beach or weeks at an amusement park. For me, a vacation is being somewhere with family or friends, maybe a book or two, a fireplace and just not worrying about anything. I guess I'm already an old man.

But on Saturday, the area out in Western Maryland will take a step toward civilization, when Baseball 4 Cumberland, a group that has been advocating bringing professional baseball to the region, will announce plans to introduce the sport to the area and build a 3,500-seat multi-use sports and entertainment complex.

In addition, Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman will provide his endorsement to the local group. Riggleman, a graduate of Frostburg State University and baseball All-American during his tenure, is one of the most well-known alumni to come through the region and has stated his appreciation for the area.

During his visit, the Nats' skipper will also attend the school's annual Leadership and Homecoming Weekend, as well as answer questions and attend a reception.
This is a great thing to see for an area of Maryland which isn't exactly close to Camden Yards or Nationals Park, and will offer fans a chance to see some quality baseball and hopefully help boost their local economy.

Props to Riggleman, too, who realizes what baseball can mean to small communities and still holds a true appreciation for his roots as a baseball player. I'm excited to get up there and check it out soon. For those of you in Winchester, the drive to Cumberland is about 60 miles, so make the trip in the future to see this project come to form.

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