I’ve always thought that the Sea Dogs have the toughest, most loyal fans in baseball and the first home game at Hadlock Field of 2012 proved no different. In spite of the refreshing mist that began right at game time (it never “rains” here), we were honored to have over 5,000 fans in attendance for our opening night. The opening ceremony focused on many community groups; kids who participated in a reading program were honored on the field before the game and a local high school band performed the National Anthem. (Shout out to the Massabesic Concert Band and their leader Joe Abbiati. They were some of the nicest kids, obviously talented musicians, and had very sharp polo shirts!)
Massabesic Concert Band in their Snazzy Polos
Also during the anthem we debuted our big FLAG! If you are interested in your group presenting the Big Flag during the National Anthem, please contact us at 874-9300, code word, FLAG.
The community members helping to make opening day special was a fitting tribute to our late founder, Dan Burke, who passed away in October. Mr. Burke brought the team to Portland in 1994 with the idea of making a fun, safe, family atmosphere for fans to enjoy a game and be entertained with other activities in the process. Watch his tribute video here:
In addition to the pre-game activities, the first 1,000 fans through the gates were treated to fleece blankets from U.S. Cellular. The staff knew they were going to be a hit, and they were. They also came in very handy once the refreshing mist subsided.
After Thursday night’s opener we played on a lovely Friday evening, followed by games on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in what I think it the best weather anyone could ask for during April. I actually have a sunburn. The weekend games were a blast. On Saturday we debuted our very own band, The Kastaways here in our front plaza. Check out their video here:
If you missed us on Sunday then you missed out on an amazing pre-game dance performance by the kids from The Dance Studio of Maine. We also had one of my favorite Maine singers, Susie Peper perform God Bless America During the Seventh inning stretch.
We kicked off Monday’s game with a motor cycle parade around the warning track and a recognition of prisoners of war. Tuesday we gave away a BEAUTIFUL granite memorial as part of our tax day celebration thanks to Jones Rich & Hutchins.
Wednesday was a great weather day all around, with a great crowd of families, students and business people sneaking away for a working lunch. The day was punctuated with a heroic bottom of the ninth win by the Sea Dogs. It’s always great to send away our fans with a win, fireworks and the light house.
Sea Dogs will be back on April 27th. I will obviously highlight that week soon, but first let me give you these teasers:
Electricity Maine, Teacher Appreciation, Mr. Belding, Timber Tina, High School Bands, Poetry Contest, Patriots Player, University of Maine Farmington…and more!