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Sea Dogs to aid storm victims
11/06/2012 12:54 PM ET
PORTLAND, Maine -- Portland Sea Dogs' catcher, Jayson Hernandez, who has called the Jersey Shore home for the last 18 years, has a launched a fundraising campaign, "Grand Slam for Sandy," to aid the relief efforts. The Portland Sea Dogs will contribute to Hernandez's effort by donating $1.00 for every ticket sold between 9 a.m. Wed, Nov. 7 and 5 p.m. Fri, Nov. 9 to "Grand Slam for Sandy."

Tickets for the 2013 season can be ordered over the phone at 207-879-9500 or at online. The Hadlock Field ticket office is also open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-Fri, and tickets can also be purchased at the Sea Dogs' kiosk at the Maine Mall.

For more information on "Grand Slam for Sandy," including information on how to make a direct financial donation, please log on to online. A Facebook page has also been established for the cause; Hernandez has utilized his Twitter account, @Jays0n_Hernan to promote the cause and update fans.

"I want to thank the Sea Dogs from the bottom my heart for helping out with this. It is truly amazing and humbling to see the response that we've had so far," stated Hernandez.

The 24 year-old Hernandez, spent the 2012 season with both the Sea Dogs and the Class A Advanced Salem Red Sox. During his time in Portland he became actively involved in the community, speaking at several schools, assisting with clinics and making numerous appearances.

"Jayson was an outstanding representative of the Sea Dogs organization in the Portland community in 2012, therefore it is not at all surprising to see him lead such an extraordinary effort in his own hometown," said Sea Dogs executive vice-president & general manager, Geoff Iacuessa.

Every dollar raised through Hernandez's Grand Slam for Sandy fundraising effort will be donated to the relief efforts for the victims of this tragic storm.

The Sea Dogs will open their 20th season Thu, April 4, at 6 p.m., against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees) at Hadlock Field.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.