June 6, 2019
As a baseball fan, I have one of the coolest jobs you could think of.
As the team physician for the Portland Sea Dogs, the Double-A minor league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, I am in the clubhouse with the coaches, players and staff before every game at Hadlock Field.
I’ve seen so many players walk through the doors in Portland and go on to not just play in the big leagues, but win World Championships as well.
I do have to separate my fandom from my work, however, when I’m tending to the team. Being a physician for this team is my top priority. On game days, I arrive to the stadium an hour before the first pitch and check in with the training staff to see if there are any concerns with a specific player that might need to be seen.
I am readily available throughout the entire game in case there are any emergencies or injuries that happen to the players, coaches or even the umpires.
In my six years as team physician, one of the best parts is seeing player and coaching prospects from the home team and the away teams work their way towards their dreams of the big leagues. Some of my favorite players growing up, and even my wife’s favorite player, have come through Portland and I was able to interact with them along the way.
One of my most memorable games that I was a part of was the Eastern League All-Star game when Hadlock Field played host in 2015. I was able to be in the dugout as talented players from across the league put on a show for thousands of fans here in Portland.
I look forward to the rest of the season with the Sea Dogs…and hey, maybe I’ll even get a chance to ribbon dance with Slugger!
Go Sea Dogs!
– Jeffrey Bean, DO