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In minor league baseball there’s so many special dates during the season, but without a doubt, the annual Hot Stove Dinner is one of my favorites. This Friday at the Sable Oaks Marriott in South Portland, Maine, the fans will get treated to a terrific program and a Silent Auction to benefit the Maine Children’s Cancer Program.
Guest list: Sea Dogs personal…Manager Kevin Boles, Hitting coach Rich Gedman and pitcher Mike MacDonald (first Mainer to ever play for the Sea Dogs). The trio will join former Red Sox outfielder Trot Nixon and former Sea Dog and current Oakland Athletic Josh Reddick.
Doors open…at 5:30 PM with the Silent Auction running from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. A buffet dinner will be served at 6:30 PM and the program will begin at 7:00 PM. Everyone who attends will receive an autographed 8 X 10 photo of Nixon.
Auction Highlights: The opportunity to watch three innings of a Red Sox game from inside the Green Monster. Additionally, the lucky bidder will receive four grandstand tickets and will be able to watch batting practice from the warning track at Fenway Park. This once in a lifetime opportunity was donated by the Boston Red Sox.
Broadcasting Live: I’ll be guest-hosting the PM Jab on 96.3 FM in Portland, Maine with Javier Gorriti…We’ll do the show outside the main dinning hall. Stop by between 3 and 6.
I wanted to thank Shoe & Joe from the Morning Jab for having me on this morning. The Sea Dogs new home for baseball this season is 95.5/95.9 FM in Portland, Maine, the same radio group that owns the Big Jab 96.3 FM.
I’ll be checking back in later today, with a final game recap of Portland’s exhibition game against New Britain. Before the game, I’ll be watching Arnie Beyeler throw batting practice and hit fungos to the Red Sox players who will not travel for today’s game. Kevin Youkilis will get some at-bats during the minor league games.
My interviews if you missed them
The first three days of Spring Training has been so much fun, and I’m still in awe of the JetBlue Park facility. During the past few days, I’ve covered the Sea Dogs, PawSox and Red Sox, with Pawtucket broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith. Yesterday I interviewed former Sea Dog Aaron Bates after Pawtucket’s 6-2 loss to Rochester. Tomorrow, the Twins minor leaguers play at the Red Sox complex, and I’m hoping to interview former Sea Dog Ray Chang.
When I woke up this morning and heard rain, I was worried that Camp Day would be cancelled. So what is Camp Day? It’s where teams play intra-squad games, and hitters get to face their own pitchers. Since it rained in the morning, a few pitchers threw to a hitter with no one on the field. There was a catcher, umpire and a few players chasing down fly balls. It was nice to have a great view behind home plate.
Interview with former Red Sox Catcher Rich Gedman. Great insight on the 1986 team
With the Red Sox playing on the road today, a few starters stayed behind and took batting practice. Former Sea Dogs Manager Arnie Beyeler threw BP (baseball slang word for batting practice), and chatted with me after their workout. On Monday, I’m going to watch Arnie work with some of the Red Sox players during their pre-game routine in the morning. Looking forward to getting some great photos. I can’t say enough about how great the Sea Dogs’ coaches have been since my time in Portland.
During my morning travels, I had a long conversation with former Sea Dogs’ trainer Masai Takahashi. Masai is one of two assistant trainers (Brad Pearson) that worked in Portland. Jon Jochim, the PawSox trainer, was driving around in a golf cart, but he was very busy. I also had a quick minute to check-in with Dustin Pedroia. He said it was as honor that I read his book. Actually I made that part up.
A Class Act on and off the field. Former Sea Dog Michael Bowden
Have a great Sunday, and I’ll check in with you on Monday. Reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Full photo gallery at http://www.facebook.com/portlandseadogs