Before the 1 p.m. game of the Portland Sea Dogs Saturday, the Red Sox Double-A franchise plans to welcome the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame to the friendly confines of Hadlock Field in a cozy ceremony in the Portland Room. Hadlock will be the new home for the Hall, which this August will honor 10 new inductees, including the former UMaine infield duo of Peter Adams and Mark Sutton.
Saturday’s pregame fun will include live music by The Kastaways, the new “mascot band,” which is headed by none other than team General Manager Geoff Iacuessa. (Theo Epstein was also a musician, which makes me wonder if it’s a job requirement.)
I’ve never met Geoff, but in a sense we go way back. We’re both 2001 University of Massachusetts-Amherst graduates who worked around the turn of the century on the sports desk of The Recorder in Greenfield, Mass. (Geoff held down the desk between Sports Editor Gary Sanderson and longtime scribe Mark Durant at some point in the few years before I was hired, but my memory is fuzzy now on when exactly.)
I came back to my home state in search of my next job in journalism, while Geoff, as the story goes, climbed the Sea Dogs ladder all the way up from intern to the post of executive vice president and general manager.