June 21, 2018
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Sea Dogs facing Harrisburg at Fenway Park on Saturday at noon

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs have shared the annual Futures at Fenway with another Boston Red Sox minor league affiliate in their three previous appearances at Boston’s Fenway Park.

But instead of a doubleheader, just the AA Sea Dogs will be involved in Saturday’s Futures at Fenway game as they take on the Harrisburg Senators, the AA affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

The game, showcasing the major league stars of tomorrow, will start at noon and will be broadcast on the New England Sports Network.

Chris Cameron, assistant general manager of the Sea Dogs, said the game is great for the everyone involved.

“For a lot of our players, it’s going to be their only opportunity to play at Fenway Park. For the others, it’s going to be the first [Fenway appearance] of a long, special major league career,” said Cameron.

“But it’s not just great for the players. The umpires get the opportunity to umpire a game at Fenway, our staff will get to work there and our public address announcer, Paul Coughlin, will get to announce the players,” said Cameron.

It also is an opportunity to see a game at Fenway Park for reduced prices.

The tickets range from $5 to $30, as compared to Red Sox games, which list ticket prices from $12 and $28 to $220.

“Getting Red Sox tickets isn’t easy and they can be kind of pricey,” said Cameron. “There will also be reduced prices on concession items as well.”

He also said fans can bring their dogs to the ballpark free of charge, as sections of the seating bowl will be available to the owners and their dogs with rest areas and water bowls. There will also be activities.

Attendees will be able to participate in a pregame dog parade around the warning track.

After the game, there will be a performance by the kids group Kidz Bop, who sing and dance to today’s biggest hits. Billboard magazine has named the group the top kids’ artists for three straight years.

The Sea Dogs are 2-1 in their previous visits to Fenway, beating Harrisburg 12-11 in front of 34,746 in 2007; topping the Bowie Baysox 3-2 in front of 32,251 in 2009; and losing to the Binghamton Mets 6-4 in 11 innings in 2011 with 29,030 looking on.

Plenty of tickets are still available.

Cameron predicted that there will be at least 15,000 on hand for the game.

Promotional nights listed

The Sea Dogs will have three promotional nights, including two back-to-back on Aug. 6-7.

They will have an Irish Night on Thursday, featuring music from Boghat, a traditional Irish dance music trio, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Irish dancers from the Stillson School of Irish Dance will entertain the crowd with customary dance routines and the Irish national anthem will be performed in Gaelic by mezzo-soprano Letitia Stevens. The Sea Dogs will play Harrisburg.

Some of the Maine game wardens featured on the Animal Planet show “North Woods Law” will be on hand at Hadlock Field on Tuesday night, Aug. 6, and Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger will make an appearance the following night.

North Woods Law is a reality series that shows game wardens patrolling the woods and waterways and upholding the law.

Sullinger, who was a rookie last season, averaged six points, 5.9 rebounds and shot 49.3 percent from the field in 45 games before a back injury ended his season.

Warden Kris McCabe will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on North Woods Law Night and warden Rick Clowry will sing “God Bless America.”

Sullinger will throw out the first pitch the next night.

All of them will sign autographs at their respective games against Richmond.

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