Opening day always provides built-in excitement for those attending. April 10, 2014 became a standing room only event at Hadlock. Those occasional folks who just show up when a named player is in town, and the veteran regulars who are there every game were bumping elbows. Everyone was talking about the new players, the new coaches, sharing baseball antidotes from previous years, catching up with friends and speculating on the coming season. Negotiations and poaching were going on for the best seats. As always, there was at least one person caging for free souvenirs and autographs. The demand for constant food and insider information kept the support staff hopping.
And that was just in the press booth.
The April 10, 2014 opening day at home for the Sea Dogs was one to watch. Both the press corps and 6,022 fans braved a starting temperature of 47 degrees and winds of 20 miles an hour to watch the Sea Dogs defeat the Rock Cats. Keith Couch, Sea Dogs righty, held the Rock Cats to one run through six innings allowing five hits with five strikeouts.
Sea Dogs second baseman, Mookie Betts, showed his quick thinking and base running ability when he used a throwing error to turn a triple into a scoring play. Hitting a fly ball sharply to center field, Betts turned on the steam as he rounded second and headed for third. By taking advantage of Cats shortstop Aderling Mejia's throw wide of third, Betts was able to continue running and arrived safely at home.
An interesting play for the Rock Cats came when Cats DH Nate Hanson scored on a single and three wild pitches off of Sea Dogs righty, Noe Ramirez in the eighth. If the home opener for the Dogs is any indication, the 2014 Sea Dogs season is going to be a fun one to watch. Buy your Sea Dogs tickets online or by calling (207) 879-9500.
Remember to bring your glove and I'll see you at Hadlock.