The Portland Sea Dogs have announced that Red Sox outfielder Josh Reddick has been added to the guest list for the Sea Dogs Annual Hot Stove Dinner and Silent Auction on Friday, January 15th at 5:30 PM at the Wyndham Hotel in South Portland. Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie is also scheduled to attend. All proceeds from the dinner and silent auction will benefit the Strike Out Cancer in Kids Program.
Tickets for the event are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Hadlock Field Ticket Office, by phone at 207-879-9500 or online at www.seadogs.com. Only 300 tickets are available for this event, tickets cost $50 each. Everyone who attends will receive a signed 8 X 10 photo of Jed Lowrie.
Additional guests include Red Sox Director of Player Development Mike Hazen, the 2010 Portland Sea Dogs’ Manager and Red Sox minor league prospects. Personalities will be announced at a later date. Reddick and the other minor league prospects in attendance will be available for autographs.
Reddick entered the 2009 season with the Portland Sea Dogs as the fifth ranked prospect in the organization by Baseball America. In 63 games with the Sea Dogs, Reddick hit .277 (71-for-256) with 13 home runs and 29 RBI. He established a Sea Dogs record by hitting home runs in four straight games April 10th through April 14th. On July 31st Reddick was called up to the Boston Red Sox. Reddick would split the remainder of the season between the Red Sox and Triple-A Pawtucket. He appeared in 27 games with the Red Sox hitting .169 (10-for59) with two home Runs and four RBI. The 22 year-old was drafted by the Red Sox in the 17th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.
The 25 year-old, Lowrie, was an Eastern League All-Star with the Sea Dogs in 2007 hitting .297 (100-for-337) in 93 games with eight home runs and 49 RBI. Lowrie was named the Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year in 2007. In parts of two seasons with the Red Sox, Lowrie has appeared in 113 Major League games hitting .235 (77-for-328) with four home runs and 57 RBI. The Salem, Oregon native was selected by the Red Sox fourth pick (45th overall) in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.
Highlighting the auction is the opportunity to watch three innings of a Red Sox game from inside the Green Monster. Additionally, the lucky bidder will receive four grandstand tickets and will be able to watch batting practice from the warning track at Fenway Park. This once in a lifetime opportunity was donated by the Boston Red Sox.
All proceeds from the dinner and silent auction will benefit the official charity of the Portland Sea Dogs’; the Strike Out Cancer in Kids Program. The Strike Out Cancer in Kids Program was established in 1995 to raise money for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program. For every strikeout that a Sea Dogs’ pitcher throws money is raised through generous pledges of businesses and individuals. In the 15 year history of the program more than 3.5 million dollars has been raised. For more information on the Strike Out Cancer in Kids Program log onto www.seadogs.com.
The Sea Dogs 2010 season opens on April 8th in Reading, Pennsylvania with the home opener set for Thursday, April 15th at 6:00 PM against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees). The 2010 season is the Sea Dogs’ 17th season in Portland and eighth as an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.