On June 1, 2013 Sea Dogs' fans were able to watch the 24 year old Brandon Workman's last game at Hadlock Field in Portland, Maine. On July 10, 2013, Mr. Workman pitched a win for the Boston Red Sox. Brandon Workman is a 6'4" righty from Texas. He pitched his first game at the Sea Dogs on August 14, 2012. In 2013, Workman had 10 starts, 11 games, and 65 and 2/3 innings. Not only did Sea Dogs fans have ample opportunity to see a rising baseball star for under $10.00, but they were able to watch him pitch for the parent club, the Boston Red Sox, the same year.
Player accessibility is one of the benefits of watching minor league baseball. At the yearly Field of Dreams, the Sea Dogs' fan appreciation day, Sea Dogs players enter the stands to thank the fans. For each home game, a Sea Dogs player is available to sign autographs before the game. For season ticket holders, special events such as team autograph sessions, preseason tours of the clubhouse, batting practice, a team breakfast, and the end-of-year team picnic are offered.
The 2013 season is over for the Sea Dogs. It will be fun to watch former Sea Dogs, some who were in Portland this year, contribute to the parent club's bid to win the American League Eastern Division title.
I'll see you at Hadlock next spring.