Jon Lester gone. Johnny Gomes gone. Jake Peavy gone. Stephen Drew gone. Andrew Miller gone. The Red Sox 2014 season over...

The Fenway fire sale was the most ridiculous Yawkey Way soap opera we Boston Red Sox fans have seen since the beer and chicken fiasco that helped doom the 2011 team. When I had a chance to go to Hadlock Field on Thursday night and enjoy the Portland Sea Dogs, the Red Sox Double A team, actually play some baseball in a real fan friendly environment, I decided to go and it was wonderful!

This Jon Lester banner was proudly displayed outside of Hadlock Field on Thursday. Lester pitched for the Portland Sea Dogs during his minor league years. Credit: Robert Cook

The sights and sounds of this Portland ballpark represents everything that baseball is supposed to be about. Perfect weather and a perfect night culminated with a fantastic 20-minute fireworks show. It didn't even matter to me that the Sea Dogs lost to the Trenton Thunder, the Yankees Double A team, 2-1.

Who needs the Red Sox? The Sea Dogs have their own Green Monster at Hadlock Field and are sitting atop their division with the best record in the Eastern League. Credit: Robert Cook

If you get to the point where you are fed up with the Fenway follies, just take in a Sea Dogs game at Hadlock Field and you will feel much, much better. Have you taken in a #PortlandSeaDogs game yet? Share your comments and photos here on our web site and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.