Here’s a trivia question I really should have known. I love baseball. I love the Portland Sea Dogs. I love Maine. However, I never would have come up with the correct answer.
Who was the first Mainer to suit up for the Portland Sea Dogs? It was Mike MacDonald, from Camden, who wrapped up his minor league career at Hadlock in 2012.
According to the Bangor Daily News:
Right-handed pitcher Mike MacDonald became the first Maine native to play for the Portland Sea Dogs on Sunday but his debut was a short one as he lasted only two-thirds of inning after being pulled because of an injury when the Trenton Thunder’s Zoilo Almonte lined a ball off MacDonald’s left leg.
MacDonald gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits, but the Portland bullpen responded and shut out the Thunder the rest of the way en route to a 3-2 victory at Waterfront Park in a game between the Double-A affiliates of the Boston Red Sox (Sea Dogs) and New York Yankees (Thunder).
#ThisDateInSeaDogsHistory, July 8, 2012 – Camden, Maine native Mike MacDonald becomes the first Mainer to ever play for the Sea Dogs. pic.twitter.com/FGW3TfNPKs
— Portland Sea Dogs (@PortlandSeaDogs) July 8, 2020