Watching former Sea Dogs in postseason play is just one of the benefits of being a fan. Of course, the Boston Red Sox have twelve former Sea Dogs on their postseason roster. However, there are more than those twelve Hadlock Field alumni playing this October.
It is not surprising that there are no American League Sea Dogs in the National League Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, or Atlanta Braves lineup. What is surprising is the Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers. Both these National League teams have four former Sea Dogs assisting in their World Series bid.
Pittsburg Pirates: A. J. Burnett, pitching; Jason Grilli, pitching; Kris Johnson, pitching; Stolmy Pimentel, pitching.
Los Angles Dodgers: Tim Federowicz, catching; Adrian Gonzalez, infield; Hanley Ramirez, infield; Carl Crawford, outfield.
Tampa Bay Rays: Jose Lobaton catching.
Cleveland Indians: Rich Hill, pitching; Justin Masterson, pitching; Kelly Shoppach, catching.
Detroit Tigers: Anibal Sanchez, pitching; Jose Iglesias,infield.
Oakland As: Josh Reddick, outfield; Brandon Moss,infield.
Pitchers: Ryan Dempster, Clay Buchholtz, Felix Doubront, Jon Lester, Junichi Tazawa and Brandon Workman.
Infield: Xander Bogaerts, Will Middlebrooks and Dustin Pedroia.
Outfield: Jacoby Ellsbury, Daniel Nava and David Ortiz.
By my count, twenty-eight former Sea Dogs have contributed to the post season bids of seven of the ten teams. Those of us who have gone to Hadlock were able to see these players before they hit the national stage. Make plans to attend a Sea Dogs game or two next year and watch future stars play.
Remember to bring your glove and I'll see you next year.