PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Last week, Hadlock Field was looking nice and green, but a storm which dumped more than eight inches of snow on the city has grounds crews scrambling to dig out just two weeks before opening day.
"What a difference a day makes," exclaimed Rick Anderson, the head grounds keeper for the Portland Sea Dogs. "It was so uplifting when we saw the green grass last week and everything else and then -that is the nature of the beast and we can't control that so we will deal with it."
Grounds crews armed with shovels and snowblowers got to work clearing out the bullpens and clearing the outfield, while small front end loaders took care of the snow on the warning track.
"You have to have a positive attitude," Anderson explained. "You know we have done it before so hopefully things will come out as they have in the past and we will do the best that we can. Take it slowly and I think we'll get there."
The Sea Dogs open their 20th season on April 4th against the Trenton Thunder at 6pm.