Opening day for the Portland Sea Dogs

Posted April 05, 2013, at 6:24 a.m.
With two weeks to go till opening day, nearly a foot of fresh snow blankets Hadlock Field in Portland March 21, 2013.
With two weeks to go till opening day, nearly a foot of fresh snow blankets Hadlock Field in Portland March 21, 2013. Buy Photo
Head Groundskeeper Rick Anderson snowplows does the first base foul line at Hadlock Field March 21, 2013 with two weeks to go until opening day.
Head Groundskeeper Rick Anderson snowplows does the first base foul line at Hadlock Field March 21, 2013 with two weeks to go until opening day. Buy Photo
Assistant Head Groundskeeper Jason Cooke removes snow from Hadlock Field with two weeks to go until opening Day for the Portland Sea Dogs March 21, 2013.
Assistant Head Groundskeeper Jason Cooke removes snow from Hadlock Field with two weeks to go until opening Day for the Portland Sea Dogs March 21, 2013. Buy Photo
Jeff Clark, of Portland's Facilities Department, gives the exterior of Hadlock Field a bath March 29, 2013 with less than a week to go until opening day.
Jeff Clark, of Portland's Facilities Department, gives the exterior of Hadlock Field a bath March 29, 2013 with less than a week to go until opening day. Buy Photo
 Intern Zack Booth levels the warning track outside the visitors' dugout March 29, 2013 at Hadlock Field.
Intern Zack Booth levels the warning track outside the visitors' dugout March 29, 2013 at Hadlock Field. Buy Photo
Assistant Head Groundskeeper Jason Cooke paints the foul line at Hadlock Field in Portland April 2, 2013, with two days to go until the Sea Dogs take the field.
Assistant Head Groundskeeper Jason Cooke paints the foul line at Hadlock Field in Portland April 2, 2013, with two days to go until the Sea Dogs take the field. Buy Photo
Assistant Head Groundskeeper Jason Cooke hooks up a drag before smoothing the infield at Hadlock Field in Portland April 2, 2013, with two days to go until opening day.
Assistant Head Groundskeeper Jason Cooke hooks up a drag before smoothing the infield at Hadlock Field in Portland April 2, 2013, with two days to go until opening day. Buy Photo
John Miner of Sign Concepts installs new sign in right field at Hadlock Field in Portland April 2, 2013.
John Miner of Sign Concepts installs new sign in right field at Hadlock Field in Portland April 2, 2013. Buy Photo
Groundskeeping interns Zack Booth (left) and Jon Rice rake dead grass along the first base side of Hadlock Field in Portland April 2, 2013.
Groundskeeping interns Zack Booth (left) and Jon Rice rake dead grass along the first base side of Hadlock Field in Portland April 2, 2013. Buy Photo
Portland Sea Dogs groundskeeper Tim Miller paints the batters box on opening day at Hadlock Filed in Portland Thursday.
Portland Sea Dogs groundskeeper Tim Miller paints the batters box on opening day at Hadlock Filed in Portland Thursday. Buy Photo
Assistant Head Groundskeeper Jason Cooke wets the infield Thursday on opening day at Hadlock Field.
Assistant Head Groundskeeper Jason Cooke wets the infield Thursday on opening day at Hadlock Field. Buy Photo
Portland Sea Dogs groundskeeper Tim Miller paints home plate on opening day at Hadlock Field in Portland Thursday in Portland.
Portland Sea Dogs groundskeeper Tim Miller paints home plate on opening day at Hadlock Field in Portland Thursday in Portland. Buy Photo
Head groundskeeper Rick Anderson shares a laugh with his assistant Jason Cooke just before game time on opening day at Hadlock Field Thursday. A scant two weeks earlier, the field was covered in nearly a foot of snow.
Head groundskeeper Rick Anderson shares a laugh with his assistant Jason Cooke just before game time on opening day at Hadlock Field Thursday. A scant two weeks earlier, the field was covered in nearly a foot of snow. Buy Photo
Portland Sea Dogs infielder Xavier Bogaerts stands ready to take the field in Portland Thursday on opening day. The field was covered in snow two weeks earlier.
Portland Sea Dogs infielder Xavier Bogaerts stands ready to take the field in Portland Thursday on opening day. The field was covered in snow two weeks earlier. Buy Photo

PORTLAND, Maine — Rick Anderson, head groundskeeper at Hadlock Field, walked behind the snowblower, leaving a stripe of green. The field, where the Boston Red Sox Double-A affiliate Portland Sea Dogs play their home games, was covered, from the center field 400-foot mark to home plate, with almost a foot of snow. And there was just two weeks to go before opening day.

In their 20 years in Portland, the Sea Dogs had only delayed opening day four times. They’d even gone so far in years past as to have a helicopter hover over the field to try to dry it out. So Anderson and his crew weren’t that worried.

“I’m pleased,” said assistant head groundskeeper Jason Cooke on opening day Thursday as he and Anderson surveyed the field.

The grounds crew performed their regular duties as the crowd filed in. They dragged and wet the infield. They painted foul lines. They spruced up home plate and the pitching rubber.

The opening lineups were announced. The national anthem was sung. The umpire shouted, “Play ball,” and another season got under way.

Trenton went on to win the game 11-5.

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