Intro to Tour
Hadlock Field in Portland Maine is where I chose to take a trip to. As you enter Portland it is hard to miss Hadlock field, home of the Portland Seadogs. The lights can be seen from blocks away and while driving by the big slugger mascot is perched in front of the famous stadium. There is a large selection of parking surrounding the stadium. The parking is around five dollars near the stadium and is free is you are willing to walk a few blocks. Everybody is flocking towards the game and it is time to purchase tickets. General seating tickets that I bought only cost me $9 dollars for to get a ticket in my hand. The seating was excellent to for that price. I was sitting about 40 rows a little bit to the left of home plate.
The game started at 7:00 pm and it was as the season was coming to an end. It was a beautiful night to watch a game. A bit chilly outside but extremely comfortable if you wear the right cold gear. If ever hungry there is plenty of food below the bleachers. Hot dogs selling for four dollars and a small drink for $2.50. I don't believe it's all about what in the stadium. But it was what was going on the baseball field. It was watching a game of the best game on earth playing for about 3 hours. Hearing that pop of the catcher's mitt from a ninety-mile per hour pitch is a great sound. There are many perks to watching a bunch of minor league baseball players. It is awesome to see players from different countries and different talent levels play. It is a treat to watch a player like Tzu- Wei Lin who is a small Japanese short stop that plays for the Seadogs. I like the way he plays the game. And it is fun to watch all the young Sea Dogs play.
There was a whole prep school baseball team there watching a professional team and maybe wishing one day they could be playing at Hadlock someday. The game was packed full of young kids and families. Moms and Dads bringing the young child to the game is an obvious for the youngsters. In-between each inning there is mini games that last the duration of the team's warmups. It consists of game like corn hole. Little kids race slugger the Sea Dogs mascot around the bases. It is quite entertaining to watch a little girl having the time of her life running around the bases. Slugger always trips and falls on purpose and lets the kid win. The next inning they even had to little girls sing God Bless America and had crowd roar for each of them. It is no doubt a great event for kids to go to. A lot of time the park isn't completely full so there is plenty of space to run around and get a foul ball or two. There is also a Sea Dogs gift shop under the bleachers where you can buy Sea Dogs apparel. You can purchase a Sea Dogs cotton t-shirts for $20 dollars and a mini Sea Dogs helmet for $10 dollars.
The Sea Dogs workers are extremely friendly as well. They all mostly wear royal blue pullovers and are always quick to start a conversation. It is an extremely welcoming environment at the Portland Sea Dogs complex. The big screen in center field is always playing highlights of players that previously played for the Sea Dogs and are now on to the Major Leagues playing for the Boston Red Sox. It shows highlights of players like Travis Shaw hitting a home run and Dustin Pedroia playing for them when he was just a young pup. They are now the first and second basemen for the Red Sox which is what Major League team the Sea Dogs are affiliated with. The Sea Dogs have a 142 game season which starts in the spring and ends in the fall. That means there is about seventy games that Hadlock host each season. That is a decent amount of games being played considering the amount of snow Maine has been getting.
Going to a game like this is a really a unique thing. Some people can get something different out of it. Some people may be at the game just watching the great game of baseball. While others may be there for the food, drink, and time spent with their family. IF a family wants to get top notch seats they would looking anywhere from 20 to 30 dollars in ticket pricing. But for the quality of baseball that is not so bad.
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