Parasiliti: Suns come full circle

August 04, 2013|By BOB PARASILITI |
  • Bob Parasiliti
Joe Crocetta

What goes around, comes around.

That’s sounds like a simple concept.

It’s the belief that no matter how far one goes, they will eventually end up back where they started.

So basically, it means that everything can be rounded up in a circle.

That’s perfect. It’s only a matter of time before things get back to the point where they started.

Today is Aug. 4. We were at this point one year ago today and will be back here a year from now.

That’s because the earth will spin while traveling along its orbit. It will come back to where it is after traveling around the sun.

That is a circle — used as a noun and a verb. It’s the basis of existence.

But, the idea of what goes around, comes around is called karma by philosophers. For laymen, it’s Groundhog Day.

In Hagerstown, it’s a little of both.

Since this is supposed to be a sports column, let’s use the Hagerstown Suns for example.

After 32 years, the Suns have come full circle. They circle the bases to score runs. They go on road trips and circle back to town. Maybe that’s a boomerang more than a circle.

And once again, it’s Chicken Little time. The Suns are poised to leave … or to be shown the door. The sky is falling, again.

But historically, the Suns have not gone anywhere for more than three decades, and they are back where they started.

Let’s go a few rounds with a couple of constants and take this for a spin because this could quite possibly be one of the final orbits the Suns will spend here.

* The Suns won the Carolina League title in 1981, their first season in town. They have a chance of winning the South Atlantic League title this season as a possible going-away present.

* The Carolina League Suns relocated to Hagerstown from the Carolinas in 1980. The South Atlantic League Suns relocated from the Carolinas in 1993.

* The Suns were brought here by a principal owner who was from Florida. The Suns could be leaving with a principal owner who is from Florida. Ironically, the decisions concerning the team have been generally made by people from outside the area.

* The Suns started as an affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, who play about 75 miles from here. They may leave town while representing the Washington Nationals, who also play about 75 miles away.

* The Suns seem to have an affinity to everything Frederick. The Carolina League Suns moved to Frederick, Md. The South Atlantic League Suns could be on a moving van to Fredericksburg, Va., soon.

* There have been families who have been loyal followers of the Suns over the years. The Meehans, Speddens, Bakers, Colberts and Hawbakers — to name a few — have attended games, introducing their children to the game and the team. Many of their children are now passing it on to their kids.

And then there are others like the Swopes, DeWeerds, Boltons and Knights who have been there from almost the beginning and still come.

Those instances are the part of the Suns’ circle that might be called karma by guys like Socrates and Plato.

Then, there are some other factors that draw a circle around the Suns. They occur over and over again and give the impression that the team isn’t part of this community’s circle. That is part of the “full circle” scenario where everything stands still and happens over and over again.

This is the Groundhog Day or in the terms of baseball philosopher Yogi Berra, “It’s déjà vu all over again.”

* The team spent its entire time here on borrowed time. The Suns showed up in Hagerstown with a borrowed name because owner Lou Eliopulos had the uniforms and didn’t want to buy new ones. Hagerstown never tried to make the team its own.

* The team came here to play at historic Municipal Stadium, a 50-year-old facility. The team could leave, still playing at historic Municipal Stadium, now an 80-year-old facility.

* Owners, politicians and affiliations have changed, but the discussion of a facility upgrade is still ongoing.

That’s just to name a few.

Watching the Hagerstown Suns saga is much like watching a hamster on an exercise wheel.

There is a lot of effort to get the wheel spinning, but the hamster stays in the same place.

It is no better or worse for the effort. Everyone gets tired just watching it.

The entire practice is just another endless circle.

Every owner and politician, every backer and detractor of this issue, keeps running on the wheel and getting nowhere.

And after 32 years, everything is right where it started.

There’s one funny thing about it all.

When you go full circle, all parties involved will never be cornered.

Bob Parasiliti is a staff writer for The Herald-Mail. He can be reached at 301-791-7358 or at

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