This year’s Bob Davids Chapter minor league outing will be over the Labor Day weekend – and it will be a labor of love.

We’re headed to wonderful Waldorf, Maryland, home of the independent Atlantic League’s Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, for a 6:35 p.m. first-pitch game against the ain’t-got-a-home Road Warriors.

The date is Saturday, Sept. 1. And we’re getting the best of both worlds: A field box seat during the game so we can see the manually operated scoreboard in left field, and a two-hour all-you-can-eat picnic buffet beforehand featuring BBQ ribs and chicken, burgers (veggie burgers optional), hot dogs, mac ’n’ cheese, chips, ice cream sandwiches, and beverages from the Pepsi line of products.

This being a SABR event, we’ll have a pair of speakers. One is Courtney Knichel, general manager of the Blue Crabs and the only woman to hold a GM position in all of professional baseball. She’s also been with the team each of its 11 years of existence, so she’ll be able to tell you just about anything about the franchise, indie ball, and the stresses of being a GM without a guaranteed talent stream from a major-league organization.

Courtney has also promised us a player from the Blue Crabs (to be determined) to talk about his experiences in the pro game as part of an involved Q-and-A session. More details, of course, to come.

And all of this for just $35. Set your GPS for 11765 St. Linus Drive., home of Regency Furniture Stadium. Before then, set your checkbook for “SABR -– Bob Davids Chapter” to the tune of $35 per person. SABR members, nonmembers, potential members, family and guests welcome. Send your checks to chapter treasurer Dave Paulson, 5400 Vantage Point Rd., #801, Columbia, MD 21044. But act promptly. Even though it’s nearly two months away, you don’t want to forget – and all ticket requests should be received by Tuesday, August 21, so you can be seated with other chapter members.

Any questions? Get in touch with Bob Davids Chapter board member Mark Pattison at

Chapter to Get Crabby in Waldorf