Opening Day!

It was an early morning at Hadlock Field today, with Assistant General Manager/Media Guy Chris Cameron and I opening up the park at 4am to welcome our early morning media visitors.  Each Opening Day I am consistently impressed and grateful for the level of coverage that we receive from all of the local media.  They all do a fantastic job and in spite of the hour we have a great time.

Opening Day is incredible for many reasons.  It is a tangible way to give winter a big going away party and mentally prepare to move into the next season.  In a lot of ways it is the unofficial start of summer.  Also-little known fact-calories do not count on Opening Day, for front office staff AND fans.  I am embarrassed to say what I had for breakfast, but I can tell you I am already looking forward to French Fries and a Sea Dog Biscuit for dinner.

For this entire homestand we will have some great things going on at the ballpark.  Tonight we will welcome long-time announcer Dean Rogers to th e park to throw out our ceremonial first pitch.  This is a huge deal for us, as Dean announced almost all of our first pitches for 19 seasons, and it will be a delight to have him be the center of attention.  Dean’s history in baseball and broadcasting is impressive and I am looking forward to spending some time with him and his family at the park tonight.

Also, the Q97.9 Sea Dogs’ Dance team will make their debut at Hadlock Field this evening, donning their uniforms thanks to Classic Flooring.  This group will be so exciting to watch at the park this year.

On Friday night we will have the band 43 North performing in the front plaza before our 6pm game.  They are a true friend to the Sea Dogs and a really fun Country band that plays some great covers and will really set the mood as you head into the game.

On Saturday and Sunday get ready for some day baseball as the Sea Dogs are set to finish off their series with the Trenton Thunder at 1pm on both days.  Who doesn’t love some day baseball?  On Saturday we have a front gate giveaway of our 2013 Magnet Schedules, thanks to Paul G. White.  The magnet schedules this year feature two key players and look great on any refrigerator.  Also on Saturday, The Kastaways will make their debut appearance in the front plaza.  This year The Kastaways are sponsored by Moxie the Moose and Bugaboo Creek, so be sure to swing by and see your favorite band and special guests!  On Sunday we will welcome Maine’s Public Universities and their Reading Challenge contestants, the Woodside One Wheelers and many other groups!

On Monday we will start a new series against the Reading Fightin Phils and will have a very big National Anthem Group that evening comprised of some talented musicians from around the state.  Tuesday and Wednesday night ‘s games are both also at 6pm, with Tuesday night being our Pi Night with Portland Pie Company.  On this night we will recognize some Maine students who participated in a competition this winter where they recited as many spaces of Pi as they could…from  memory (3.14).  The winning student (who memorized over 250 spaces) is going to go home with a YEAR of free pizza thanks to Portland Pie Company.  If there had been prizes like this when I was in school Math might have been my favorite subject.  On Wednesday we will finish up our first homestand  as we celebrate our School Night at the Ballpark as well as our Dance Night with the folks from Dance Studio of Maine.

So, lots of fun things going on this week, and throughout the entire season.  Check out more on our promotional website here:  http://www.milb.com/promotions/index.jsp?sid=t546 and as always feel free to email me with questions at lriley@seadogs.com.

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