It’s Officially the Weekend at Hadlock Field!

The Sea Dogs started off the weekend right last night with two big wins against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.  In addition to the victories,we also celebrated our second Flat Screen Friday at Hadlock Field.  David Munster’s TV Sales & Service and the Sea Dogs gave away two 32 inch flat screen Panasonic televisions to some lucky fans. (Their beautiful photos below):

Carol won a flat screen TV!

Joey won a flat screen!

Also, as if two flat screens weren’t enough, as a special treat David also gave away a Sharp 3-D, wi-fi Blue Ray player:

Patrick won a Blue Ray Player!

We have FOUR MORE Flat Screen Fridays happening this season, with the next on August 3rd.  When you get to the ballpark, make sure to stop by the TD Insurance Information Desk to sign up!  We draw the winners live during the game and you obviously have to be present to win.

6:00pm game tonight with The Kastaways performing in the front plaza in a few hours  L.L. Bean is here tomorrow for some day baseball starting at 1:00pm.  Wear your boots to the game tomorrow and participate in our 12:15pm parade around the warning track and get a Sea Dog biscuit when you’re done!

Hope to see everyone at the park!

Join us for Halloween at Hadlock Tonight!

The staff is ready this Friday the 13th for some Halloween Fun.

We’ve had so many different promotions going on it’s been tough to write about them all.  Last night we welcomed the ZOOperstars! for their one and only appearance at Hadlock this season, and tonight we are celebrating this Friday the 13th with Halloween at Hadlock, sponsored by the International Cryptozoology Museum.  Also, remember it is the second annual Flat Screen Friday with David Munster’s TV Sales & Service.  Tonight is your second chance to win a 32 inch flat screen Panasonic television.  Here are the two winners from last Flat Screen Friday:

Won a Flat Screen TV!

Also won a flat screen TV!

Tonight’s game is a single admission doubleheader starting at 6:00pm.  The Sea Dogs will play two seven inning games tonight, with a brief break in between, and your ticket is good for both games.  In between the two games, the staff will be judging a costume contest on the field, so get in your best Halloween garb and show off your costume with the chance to win some great prizes.

If you can’t make it tonight, the Sea Dogs are home tomorrow evening at 6:00pm, with our very own band The Kastaways performing in the front plaza from 4:15pm-6:15pm.  Buy your tickets online here:  https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/team.asp?SponsorID=3927 or call the Box Office at 879-9500.  Don’t miss out on the fun activities and the wonderful baseball weather!

Flat Screen Friday

If you missed last night’s game then  you missed a beautiful summer evening and a VERY exciting Sea Dogs win.  Don’t worry, you have a chance to catch a game tonight when we take on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at 7pm.

Behind home plate during last night’s game

Tonight is especially exciting because it is our first ever Flat Screen Friday.  Thanks to David Munster’s TV Sales & Service over on Forest Avenue, we have two 32 inch Panasonic Flat Screen TVs to give away this evening.

Fans may enter at the TD Insurance Information Desk.  The winners will be drawn live during the game at the bottom of the fifth inning and the bottom of the seventh inning .  Fans may only enter their name once, and they must be present to win!  The winners need to pick up their TVs at David Munster’s 373 Forest Avenue Location.  Every one there has been tremendous to work with and are so nice and knowledgeable.  They can even service the things they sell which, if you’re as technically un-savvy as I am, is huge.

Even if you are not one of the two people selected to win a television, you can still bring in your ticket from tonight’s game to receive 10% off your purchase at his store.  Also, every Friday night from here on out will be Flat Screen Friday, so, get your tickets now!

So, come out to the park, enjoy a beautiful summer evening and possibly win a beautiful brand-name flat screen!

Twenty-One Sunny Sea Dogs Photos to Get you Through a Rainy Afternoon

The Dogs are on the road in Maryland and today it’s raining in Portland.  While we all toil through the gray and damp weather, here are twenty-one sunny pictures (or almost sunny) of our last home series of games to get you through the rest of the work day.

Dog sitting like a human at Hadlock Field! (June 5th Bark in the Park)

Julia Clukey speaking to over 800 students about choices and goal setting (June 7th, Education Day)

Charlie Lopresti from WGME 13 teaching kids about weather! (June 7th, Education Day)

Mad Science, blowing stuff up…on purpose. (June 7th, Education Day)

Brandon Baldwin from the Maine Civil Rights Team Project teaching kids how they are unique and special, just like all of the ballparks in the Eastern League (June 7th, Education Day)

Entering the field to renew their vows!  (June 9th)

Listening carefully to Lori Voornas as they go through the ceremony.

“Are you people sure?”

Yes, they’re sure.

Good, because once the doves are released, it’s official. 

And they’re out…I was informed yesterday that they both made it home safely.  Thank you to White Doves of Maine!

Dancing as renewly marrieds.

Dance Studio of Maine wows us pre-game (Sunday, June 10th)

Abdi from King Middle School reading his award winning poem before the game (Sunday June 10th)  He had it memorized!

Pretty Girls Sing Soprano serenade fans as they enter the park on Sunday afternoon.

Avery from Bonny Eagle Middle School reading her poem before the game.

Chompers the UMF Beaver throwing out a first pitch. UMF sponsored our Poetry Contest.

Abdi delivering his first pitch.  What form!

Avery with her first pitch!

Someone winning a year long subscription to Mega Bucks Plus during the game on June 10th.

Guys Catching Lobsters, Umpire thinking “I could totally do that”.

Kids running the bases after Sunday’s Game, thanks to Prime Motor Group.

Just a twenty-one picture recap of our home series meant to brighten your day. The Sea Dogs come back on June 19th, and stay for a quick three games (19, 20, 21) against Harrisburg.  We have a lot of fun events planned these three days so stay-tuned and stay dry!

Heading into the Weekend with a Bang!

Tonight’s game was shortened by rain, called in the top of the 8th inning.  There was also a fair amount of impressive lightning.  Have no fear, however, the weather for Saturday and Sunday looks great, and here are some of the fun activities that we have going on.

TOMORROW! Saturday June 9th, 2012

6pm Game Time

4:30pm Gates Open to the Public

As usual on Saturday, The Kastaways will be performing in the front plaza from 4:15pm-6:15pm.

The Sea Dogs’ own band, The Kastaways, performing every Saturday.

Also on Saturday we are unveiling our first ever Renew Your Wedding Vows night at the Sea Dogs! The first 500 fans to enter the park will receive some pocket tissues, for those who cry at weddings.  At 5:15pm I will lead all of the happy couples onto the warning track, where they will be treated to a renewal ceremony by famous Notary Lori Voornas of Q97.9.  Jordan’s Floral and Gifts has donated two hundred roses, and each couple will receive one as they enter the field.  After the vows are renewed, White Doves of Maine will be on hand to release, well, doves!  Finally, the couples will share a first dance on the field as a renewly married pair!

From the White Doves of Maine Website

Destination of your second honeymoon?

Additionally, all married couples renewing their vows can enter to win a second honeymoon at Inn By the Sea in Cape Elizabeth.  I worked as a hostess at Inn By the Sea for about two years and have also been as a patron.  I can say with this combined  knowledge of the behind the scenes workings as well as the guest experience, that it is a beautiful, accommodating and luxurious place at which to work and visit.  We will draw the lucky winner during the game.  The winner will receive two nights accommodation at the Inn for two people, as well as a three course dinner at Sea Glass, the Inn’s restaurant.

Image from PR Maine

Beautiful gardens, too!

Sunday June 10th, 2012 

Game Time 1:00pm

Gates Open to the Public at 11:30am

Students submitted poems based upon two topics; 1. Your Favorite Summer Memory or 2. Your Favorite Ballpark Food.  I received over 300 poems!  All poets will be recognized on the field before the game and the top three will read their poems to the crowd, as will some honorable mentions.  They will also throw out a first pitch and get some great prizes.  If the winners give me their permission, I will publish them via this blog after the presentation.  UMF played a huge role in this contest, as they not only supplied the support, but also the judges.

Also on Sunday…

  • Dance Studio of Maine will perform a pre-game dance routine.
  • Maine State lottery will be at the game promoting some of their newest games.
  • Fans taking part in our special Father’s Day ticket special will also be at the game.  We are not home on Father’s Day this year (but you can run in our Father’s Day Road Race!
  • And since it’s Sunday, and if the weather and the field hold up like they should, all kids 16 and and under are invited onto the field to run the bases after the game.

It’s a packed weekend, filled with enough activities to entertain the baseball and non-baseball fans alike.  Hope to see you all at Hadlock this weekend!

Vote Yes On Slugger!

For those of you who might not know, Slugger has advanced to the Sweet 16 round of Minor League Baseball’s Mascot Mania.  They are looking to crown the “Best Mascot in Minor League Baseball”.

Slugger is currently battling Nutzy, the mascot of the Richmond Flying Squirrels, to advance to the Elite 8.  In case you were still on the fence about who to vote for, here are eleven reasons why you should Vote Yes on Slugger.

11.  He is helpful.

Trained in the fine art of customer service.

Detail-Oriented!

10. Sea Dog Biscuits.  You’re welcome.

Delicious!

9. He is adorable.

Adorable AND handy.

8. He is a great dancer.  How many seals do you know who can keep the YMCA hip?

Keepin’ it fresh.

7. He is huggable.

Soft and Fuzzy.

6. Kids love him.

Never runs out of high-fives.

5. He’s never once won the race around the bases, losing to countless children every day, for nineteen seasons.  Throw him a bone, he has to win something.

Better luck next time.

4. His skits and general tom-foolery are amongst minor league’s best.

Oh, Slugger.

19 Seasons (and Counting) of striking a pose!

3. He’s a seal, how cute is that?

I mean, come on.

2. He’s versatile, looking great in both teal and black AND blue and red.

After this picture, Portland Head Light asked Slugger for his autograph.

1. For someone who doesn’t talk, he is an excellent spokesperson, raising over FOUR  Million Dollars for the Strike out Cancer in Kids Program.

Posing with this year’s Slugger’s Kid, Leah!

Adorable, helpful, creator of delicious foods and master fundraiser, you can’t go wrong with this guy.  You can vote for our favorite seal up to twenty times per round!  You do NOT have to fill out the entire bracket, just vote for Slugger!  Follow this link to vote:

http://portland.seadogs.milb.com/milb/fans/mascot_mania/y2012/index.jsp

Happy Voting!

And the Winner is….

Hello, My name is Dexter.

Dexter is the winner of the Cutest Dog Contest 2012!  We were overwhelmed with the cuteness of all of the pups, so thank you very much for sharing your photos with us.  Dexter, we will see YOU and your owner at the June 5th game at Hadlock Field!  For your first pitch, please join us at the First Base gate, located right by the Sea Dogs Dug out.  You will pass this as you are participating in the Doggie Parade.  Just stop right at this gate to prep for your first pitch!  I will be waiting with your goodie bag.  Please be sure to report to the first base gate by 6:35pm SHARP!  For questions email me, lriley@seadogs.com.

And so we don’t leave out any of the cute dogs, take a moment to look through our nominations:

Cali

Sorrento

Cooper

Ginger Dand

Kane

Lola

Maddie

Mae

Scout

Diddy

Thank you to all who shared their dogs with us today. It made the Friday fly by!

Think Your Dog is the Cutest?

So, the Dogs (Sea Dogs, in this case) come back to Hadlock Field on Tuesday June 5th for a 7pm game against the Bowie Baysox.  The dogs of the four legged kind will also be at Tuesday’s game as it is the first installment of our “Bark in the Park” program where we allow dogs and their owners to enjoy a Sea Dogs game together in a special section of the park.

Buy your tickets for this particular event through this link:  https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/Buy.asp?EventID=70184

OR

You can call the box office at 207-879-9500 and let them know that you would like to purchase the special dog/people ticket for June 5th.  Tickets are only $9.00 and include both you and your dog.

2011 Bark in the Park

Also, fyi, today is the last day that you can enter your dog in our “Cutest Dog” Facebook contest.  The new facebook lay out makes it a little difficult to see the other submissions.  Go to the right hand side to the column titled “Recent Posts by Others on Portland Sea Dogs” and click “see all” and you can see your competition.  We thought this would be a good time to do a contest like this, while our own dog, Slugger, is embroiled in his own contest trying to win the “Best Mascot of MiLB”.  ( On a side note, you can vote for that here:  http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120522&content_id=31974254&vkey=pr_t546&fext=.jsp&sid=t546  You’ll be pleased to know that you don’t have to fill out the entire bracket.  Just vote for Slugger!)

2011 Cutest Dog, enjoying the first pitch.

We will choose and notify the Cutest Dog winner today at 4pm!  The winning couple (Dog and Owner) will throw out a first pitch on June 5th and receive a goodie bag filled with various prizes of the dog variety.  To enter, post a photo of your dog on our facebook page and the reason why they are so great/cute!

The two dogs seen below aren’t part of our contest, but they could be!  These two were featured the websites of the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland and the Animal Welfare Society, respectively.  Not that I spend a lot of time on these sites…

If you DON’T have a cutest dog to enter in our contest or bring to Hadlock Field, but would like one, there are MANY adoptable dogs from the Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk and the Animal Refuge League in Westbrook that would love to become a part of your family.

http://www.arlgp.org/

http://www.animalwelfaresociety.org/

Blockey, in Westbrook.

Lydia, in Kennebunk.

Don’t you want to pay them a visit and take them home?  

Hope to see you all at Hadlock on Tuesday.  I know I say this about all of our promotions but it is one of my favorites!

The Perfect Summer Weekend Wrap Up

Just the other day I said  “Is it too much to ask that everyday be sunny and 68 degrees?”  Apparently not since Sunday and Monday’s games were played in weather just like that.  

The Sea Dogs won three out of four during this Holiday weekend homestand.  In addition to playing some solid baseball on the field we had a variety of promotions going on before and during the games.  On Sunday we honored some of our NextGen Most Improved Students, we were treated to a performance by the Dance Studios of Maine and a beautiful rendition of our National Anthem by the Choral Arts Society under the direction of Sarah Johnson.  Sarah also sang God Bless America during the seventh inning stretch.  During the game Prime Motor Group gave away a Kindle Fire to a lucky fan, as they were showcasing some of their cars in our front plaza before the game.  And after the game we had our Sunday tradition of Kids Running the bases, also presented by Prime Motor Group.

Yesterday’s game was our Second Annual Military Appreciation Game.  Thanks to FairPoint Communications, service members and their families were treated to a game at Hadlock Field.  In addition to various Military Members and their families being here, we also had our FIRST Annual (first of many) Bangor Community Day.  This day was sponsored by the Bangor Daily News, who did a great story on it which you can read here: http://bangordailynews.com/2012/05/28/sports/sea-dogs-players-fans-show-appreciation-for-military-personnel-bangor-community-day-held/

Before Monday’s game we opened up the gates early for some catch on the field.  The weather could not have been more beautiful, proving a rather ominous forecast very wrong.  Families played catch under the sun until 11:15am, when we cleared the field so that both teams could begin warming up themselves.

Thanks to the Bangor Daily News, many Bangor families and businesses were able to attend yesterday’s game and take in all of the festivities.  Bangor Savings Bank and FairPoint Communications were also supporters of this day.

Pre-Game Shot from the Press Box

FairPoint provided over 500 tickets to service members and their families.  Mark Cater who works at the Military Family Assistance Center in Augusta was instrumental in making sure this day happened.  His office coordinated the ticket effort for the military members, as well as provided me with two amazing singers, a color guard, escorts for the Sea Dogs players to start the game, and dozens of kids and other family members to present our big flag.

The Air National Guard provided us with the Honor Guard, Air Force Staff Sergeant Joel Crowley sang the Anthem and Army National Guard Staff Sergeant sang God Bless America during the seventh inning stretch.  It all rounded out a wonderful weekend at Hadlock.

Dogs are away until June 5th, when we start a six day series of games at Hadlock Field!

Oh the Humanity!

After hosting  a successful Division I college baseball match up on Tuesday evening, the Sea Dogs front office staff celebrated the next day with a “service day” with Habitat for Humanity.  At Springfield College I participated in a similar school wide service day called “Humanics In Action”, where students and faculty descended upon the neighborhoods of Springfield in droves to tackle over 100 community projects.  I loved this day while I was working there and I am so happy that the Sea Dogs have a similar outlook on community involvement.  Having a large number of people work in unison is a sure-fire way to see instant results after a days’ work and our staff was no different.  By the end of our work day on Wednesday there was certainly a noticeable difference in the home we were working on in Freeport.  (It was still standing for one, and with a fresh coat of paint on the inside!)

I didn’t know much about Habitat before Wednesday, having never participated in a project myself, however, many members of the Sea Dogs staff had, and we were all pleased to be giving back and be out of the office together.  I encourage all businesses and individuals-especially those with special skills- to look into participating in a Habitat project.  Their program is not only an excellent assistance to many families and individuals in need of a helping hand, but it is also a gateway to creating future independence supported by education and an understanding of the home ownership process.  While the Sea Dogs staff cannot boast any “special” carpentry or finishing skills, we do specialize in hard work, a concept that is not foreign to any of us.

We arrived at the home around 9am and were greeted by an AmeriCorps volunteer and the construction manager on site.  After a quick demo and a few self-deprecating jokes by our staff, we set to work sanding the newly dry walled living room, upstairs and stairwells of the home.  Sanding was not an easy or tidy job.  After a quick inspection (and a few necessary touch ups per the request of our on-site manager) we got started on the painting.

After a break for lunch, followed by more self-deprecating jokes, we began the painting process.  Painting was rewarding, and a shoulder work out.  Never again will I look at a finished room the same way.  We painted the ceilings and the walls, with some staffers working with small brushes to do the “edging”.  I’m not sure which was harder work, the sanding or the painting.  What I liked about the painting was that you could see your progress throughout the afternoon.

As usual, this service project was a great learning opportunity.  The things that we learned about ourselves while doing Habitat for Humanity were:

  1.  Your boss is good at a lot of things, but painting is not one of them.
  2.  Around 10:30am your breath really starts to stink, as you discover while wearing your mandated safety mask.
  3.  Dry wall tastes disgusting.

“I really wish I brought my toothbrush.”

The day was a success; everyone came back with all of the digits with which they arrived, we accomplished something tangible that helps members of our community and we had a great time outside of the stadium as a staff.  The Habitat and AmeriCorps folks were organized, engaging and working right alongside of us all day.  It was a positive experience for all of the staff and we are looking forward to doing it again soon.The Dogs are back home today with a quick three-day series, so get your fix in this weekend before they leave.  The weather looks to be spectacular!  Tonight’s game is at 6pm with a fireworks show scheduled for after (fire works, people!).  Saturday’s game is at 1pm as is Sunday’s game.  You all know how I feel about day baseball (greatest invention in sports) but if that isn’t enough to bring you here, then you should know The Kastaways will be performing in the front plaza on Saturday afternoon and after Sunday’s game all kids are invited to run the bases of Hadlock Field after the game thanks to the kind car folks at Prime Motor Group.

 

Hope to see all of you at Hadlock Field this weekend getting your fix of baseball and vitamin D!