September 2012

Well said, Mike.

Inside the Clubhouse with Mike Antonellis

The Sea Dogs finished in fourth place in the Eastern Division, and completely turned around their season that saw them 36-54 at the All-Star Break.

Portland finished the season 32-19 and won or split eight straight series at Hadlock Field.

I thought the coaching staff did a terrific job.  It’s not easy with 60 different players, multiple rehab assignments and a completely different roster come August.  One thing was consistent all the season, this was the best group of guys I’ve ever been around.  I’ve called minor league baseball for 16 years, and I never saw a clubhouse so united.  It didn’t matter who came in, it remained that way all season.  Earlier in the year when we were in Binghamton, newly acquired Jason Urquidez told me the coaching staff had a huge factor in creating such a terrific atmosphere.

My awards – these were easy, just one vote.

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The Clean Up Begins!

The 2012 season came to a close yesterday, but the work does not stop for the Sea Dogs Front Office!  As the team packs up and moves out, the front office staff is busy today buttoning up a few projects and thinking of new ideas for next year.

For me, (for today at least) that means organizing the HUNDREDS of pounds of non-perishable food items that were dropped off at the ballpark thanks to Travelers.  Their support of the games on September 1st and 2nd  (Not to mention their $2,000 donation to Good Shepherd Food Bank) brought in an unbelievable amount of food that will be picked up by Good Shepherd this week.

Nick Auresto of Travelers presents a $2,000 check to David DiPerri of the Good Shepherd Food Bank.

That $2,000 from Travelers can be leveraged to feed so many families!

Travelers’ support of Good Shepherd was incredible, matched only by the support of the fans.  Seriously, my office looks like a Hannaford right now, with just a tiny path to my desk.

It is also worth noting that Travelers brought Red Sox great Fred Lynn to the park, where he could not have been more gracious!  Below are some of the photos from his visit:

Thank you to Travelers and thank you to the best fans and best community members in all of New England!

Check out our Radio Broadcaster’s Field of Dreams piece.

Inside the Clubhouse with Mike Antonellis

Today the Sea Dogs hold their annual Field of Dreams game…At around one o’clock, the players will emerge from a cornfield in centerfield.  This is my favorite day of the year!

With yesterday’s win, the ‘Dogs are 32-17 since the All-Star Break…If they win out and New Britain takes their final two games, the Rock Cats clinch the final playoff spot in the Eastern League.

Congrats to the Pawtucket Red Sox on clinching the Wild Card in the International League…Dan Butler clubbed two homers in a 2-0 win…Josh Fields pitched the ninth for the save.

The rosters for the 20th anniversary season of the Arizona Fall League were announced this past Wednesday.  Four Sea Dogs and five Red Sox farmhands are among the players initially selected. Each Major League organization will eventually have seven players represented in the league. Right-handed pitchers Brock Huntzinger, Chris Martin and Ryan Pressly along with…

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