When the Portland Sea Dogs were established in 1994
, they were the first professional baseball
team in Portland, Maine
in 45 years. Playing in the Eastern League
, they are the Double-A affiliate for the Florida Marlins
. The Sea Dogs play in Hadlock Field
, a tiny stadium
that is right next to I-295
and is just around the corner from some giant, shiny tanks full of milk
that belong to a local dairy
The Sea Dogs' mascot is Slugger, a furry dog/seal sort of thing who is beloved by all small children. Also adored by any children in attendance at a Sea Dogs' game are the orange and green trash monsters who periodically roam the crowd in search of garbage.
At the game I attended in the summer of 2000, the Portland Gay Men's Chorus sang the national anthem. When the group was announced, people got up and sang along with them with not a single negative comment or catcall. Portland is a nice place.