Last night we welcomed the riders from Rolling Thunder, Chapter 2. Based out of Sanford, this group is committed to keeping the memories of POW and MIA soldiers in the hearts, thoughts and prayers of the American people. They were a TREMENDOUS group to work with and their presence at the ballpark was heart warming. Over 40 motorcycles rode around the warning track to start the game. It was impressive, loud and awesome all at the same time.
Rolling Thunder’s honor guard also joined us for the pre-game ceremonies, which included a moment of silence, the National Anthem performed by the Maine Games winner and Maine National Guard Member Crystal Ryder and an official first pitch by Leon Tanguay. Leon is a World War II Veteran, former Prisoner of War and has a truly amazing story. Here is a snippet of that story, that we read as his bio for his first pitch:
“Walking out to our mound we have our honorary first pitch, Mr. Leon Tanguay. Leon is a lifelong resident of Sanford, is the father of five children, a grandfather and a great grandfather. He served in the US Army during WWII where he was a member of the 28th Infantry Division. Corporal Tanguay was captured in France in August of 1944. He was transported to Germany where he remained a POW for nine months. As a prisoner he worked on repairing the bombed out railroad tracks and worked at clearing the streets of Munich after the bombing of that city. He was put to work on a farm in Austria picking up potatoes, and he also worked digging holes so that the women Polish prisoners could replant trees. Leon was liberated from the POW camp in Austria at the end of WWII. He was awarded the State of Maine Silver Star Honorable Service Medal. Please join us in thanking Corporal Leon Tanguay, Former POW, WWII Veteran and native Mainer.”
Here’s a guy that has lived a 1,000 lifetimes and helped countless people. He could not have been more sweet and the crowd loved him. Why wouldn’t they? In addition to his life’s work, LOOK AT HIS FORM!
Tonight’s game promises to be very fun as well. Everyone knows it’s Tax Day, so we have found some levity in the situation. Thanks to Jones, Rich & Hutchins, we will be giving away a beautiful granite memorial to a “lucky” fan during the game. Uncle Sam will be with me to draw the winner during the game. Take a break from crunching numbers, have a laugh and a hot dog and spend a nine inning vacation with us!
Then you missed an amazing dance performance, a beautifully sung version of God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch and the ever popular Running of the Children. It’s like Running of the Bulls, only adorable and with bases. It happens after every Sunday home game and is the staff’s favorite promotion.
There is still more Sea Dogs baseball to be had: we are home tomorrow at 6pm. The gates open to the park at 4:30pm. Tomorrow night will be a blast beacuse we will be kicking off the game with a motorcycle parade around the warning track. Chapter 2 of Rolling Thunder seen here: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/203682049693273/ will be on hand in force to ride around the warning track. They will read their mission statement, so you’ll learn a little bit about what makes them so awesome.
If you can’t be here on Monday, be sure to get here Tuesday. We realize it’s tax day and will be celebrating with Uncle Sam and a Tombstone giveaway. Get it, Death & Taxes? One lucky fan will be drawn (you have to enter) to win a tombstone thanks to the hard working people at Jones, Rich & Hutchins. It’s going to be awesome.
We wrap up the homestand on Wednesday with a noontime game. Before the Sea Dogs head to Binghamton, be sure to bring the kids to the park for some day baseball. Thanks to 99.9 The Wolf, there is an awesome family deal that includes Four Tickets, Four Hot Dogs, Four Sodas and a Game Day Program for $44.00. You can order this by going here: https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1174844-W96uE9I51O.
I will try to get some photos of the motorcycle parade to post if you miss all of the fun.
The gates of Hadlock Field are open for another beautiful April afternoon game. We’re saving you a seat for our 1pm conest where the Dogs look to make it three straight wins. On tap we have a pre-game dance performance by kids from The Dance Studio of Maine as well as our Hood Kids Club member parade around the warning track. Become a member of our Kids Club here: http://www.milb.com/team2/page.jsp?ymd=20090115&content_id=496124&vkey=team2_t546&fext=.jsp&sid=t546
During the game we’ll have our usual between innings games and contests. After the game don’t forget, we have our Sunday tradition of all kids running the bases (ages 16 and under) thanks to Prime Motor Group. Any kid at the game today can participate, just head to the left field gate immediately after the last out!
If you can’t make it today, we have another stellar forecast ordered for Monday’s 6pm game. Chapter 2 of Rolling Thunder will be here pre-game with a motorcycle parade around the warning track. More info to come on that soon!
Back at Hadlock Field, the Sea Dogs’ very own band, The Kastaways!
The Portland Sea Dogs welcomed “The Kastaways” back to Portland Saturday as the mascot band made their Hadlock Field debut. The Sea Dogs have contracted with “The Kastaways” to perform at every Saturday home game in 2012.
“The Kastaways” were formed in 1993 following the official name the team contest for Portland’s new professional baseball team. It was during the grueling contest that Herman the Power Hog, Sir Nigel Rathbone the Wharf Rat, Spike the Porcupine, Clarence the Clam, and Pete the Puffin formed a strong friendship and discovered they shared a love of music. Ultimately the five lost out to the popular Slugger the Sea Dog but up from the ashes of the disappointment rose a truly unique band; “The Kastaways” Mascot Band.
After nearly 20 years of touring the country “The Kastaways” are thrilled to be back in Portland for the summer of 2012 to perform together on the front plaza prior to every Saturday home game at Hadlock Field. The popular quintet is known for their high energy performances combining their magnificent music with zany ad libs. There is no slight of hand in their performances just great music and a lot of fun!
“We are thrilled to bring The Kastaways back to their roots in Portland,” Sea Dogs General Manager Geoff Iacuessa said. “Their performances are sure to delight Sea Dog fans all season.”
The band will feature Clarence the Clam on drums, Pete the Puffin on keyboard, Herman the Power Hog on bass guitar and vocals, Spike the Porcupine on guitar and vocals, and Sir Nigel Rathbone the Wharf Rat on guitar and vocals.
The band wanting to embrace their Maine roots will wear L.L. Bean Boots at all of their performances.
“It has been a long time since we have performed in Portland and we are excited to finally get the chance to showcase our skills at Hadlock Field,” Kastaways guitarist Herman Dean said. “Portland really created us many years ago and we are happy to return home where we belong.”
The Kastaways will perform their eclectic array of music in the front plaza at Hadlock Field beginning approximately one hour and 45 minutes prior to the scheduled game time and finish up about 15 minutes after the scheduled start of each Saturday game. Their unique shows are sure to entertain kids and adults alike.
The band is available for bookings. Contact the Sea Dogs at 207-874-9300 for more information.
In coming back to Maine the band set up a new Facebook page where they will post updates about the band throughout the season. The link to their page is www.facebook.com/thekastaways.
April 14 11:15 AM- 1:15 PM
April 28 11:15 AM -1:15 PM
May 19 11:15 AM- 1:15 PM
May 26 11:15 AM- 1:15 PM
June 9 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM
June 30 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM
July 14 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM
August 4 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM
August 18 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM
Book your nine inning vacation! Tickets for all 2012 Sea Dogs’ home games are available and can be ordered by calling the Sea Dogs Ticket Office at 207-879-9500 or online at www.seadogs.com.
Ever get that feeling like you’re forgetting something? I feel like there is something big happening tomorrow and I can’t remember what…I’m sure it will come to me. Hope it’s not a dentist appointment.