Reporting Mike Schuh
ABERDEEN, Md. (WJZ) — After 11 very successful seasons, the Ripkens have decided they need a new look for their minor league ball club, the IronBirds.
Cal and Billy Ripken unveiled the changes to Mike Schuh Monday morning.
There’s a new identity for the hugely successful Aberdeen IronBirds. To hear the brothers tell it, it’s all Billy’s idea.
“Well, I like logos. It’s something I think I’m pretty good at,” said Billy Ripken. “I think you can tell the bird is a little bit angry. That’s where the mean ’67 Oriole bird was. You see the flames coming out of the wings, that’s like Iron Man-inspired and the landing gear is the talons. That’s the landing gear. The metal look, the Iron Bird is different. It’s a bird head but it’s a jet.”
Season after season, tickets to the team’s 38 home games have sold out…but it was time to change before it got stale.
“I think nowadays the fashion has to change. Uniforms change, logos change. We have to keep it fresh,” Cal Ripken said.
“I mean, 10 years ago, it was fine. We didn’t think it was fine anymore,” Billy Ripken said.
And why make the logo change now on this, the day the season tickets go on sale?
“I think that’s a good shopping period between now and Christmas,” Cal Ripken said.
Their season begins in mid-June. Tickets typically sell out well before then.
The club says as of today, they are selling their new gear and tickets on their website.