One small step to save baseball in our state

Right now kids in our area find baseball about as appealing as mosquitos and summer school. The number of kids playing baseball is down at all levels. American Legion baseball is barely hanging on. I have a solution to help, at least just a little bit.

Take your kids to see the Portland Sea Dogs.

Watching a game at Hadlock Field is awesome. (For kids of all ages, even us big ones)

Obviously there is not a similar experience to be had in this part of the state and it’s worth the trip to southern Maine for the day.

Tickets are inexpensive and Double A is quality professional baseball. Your young players will see lots of runs, good pitching and exciting defensive plays.

Sitting in a comfy seat, close to the field, watching baseball on a warm day is a good way to make youngsters build interest and passion about baseball.

The games are often much quicker than Major League games. This week I was at a Sea Dogs game where they played 8 innings in 2 hours. Not bad by baseball standards.

Before the game I saw multiple school busses dropping off summer campers. Thumbs up.

Baseball is declining in popularity across the country. And Maine is one of the toughness states in which to play the sport. Spring stinks around here, if we even get one.

So take your kids to a Sea Dogs game on a bright summer day and with your help they just might see the sport a little differently.

Jeff Solari

About Jeff Solari

Jeff Solari is the president and founder of the Sports Chowdah, Maine’s only free, weekly sports e mail newsletter. Recently, the Mount Desert Island native was the co-host of "The Drive" on 92.9 FM in Bangor.