The Sea Dogs currently lead the closest Eastern Division challengers, the Binghamton Mets, by two games.
While the nature of minor league play means that players will advance to the AAA and major league teams, the entire year the Dogs have put on some exciting shows for the fans. This year's team is marked by a fighting spirit that doesn't let them quit until the last out is made. To use a well worn cliché, this can-do attitude has indeed snatched victory from the jaws of defeat more than a few times.
Being a Cubs fan makes me wary of championship play predictions, so I won't make any. I can predict exciting play based on what the 2014 Sea Dogs have shown me so far.
Living in Maine has taught me that weather plays a significant role. Sea Dogs home games have seen snow outs, fog outs and frozen field outs in early April. This year the rain has been torrential and six games have been rescheduled due to rain. Only 15 Sea Dogs home games were under clear skies. Most were partly cloudy or cloudy at game time. For nine starts in 2014 the temperature at game time was in the 40s, and most of the start time temperatures were in the 60s. It was cold in Maine this summer.
And yet Sea Dogs fans still came.
Mainers came out for 57 home starts in Portland, totaling 309,580 fans who braved the less than optimal weather to watch the 2014 Sea Dogs play. Dressed for snowmobiling or wearing rain gear, they entered the turn styles at Hadlock. There have been a dozen sell outs so far this year. Probably has something to do with a bunch of AA players that are determined to win.
The Dogs are back in town for the last home stand before the playoffs on Monday, August 25 at 7:00 p.m. Remember to bring your glove (and may be your umbrella) and I'll see you at Hadlock Field.