Maine will continue to be a part of the Red Sox' farm system, at least for the foreseeable future.
The Red Sox announced Friday that they have extended their deal with the Portland Sea Dogs through the 2014 season. The 2012 campaign will mark the 10-year anniversary of the team's affiliation with the Red Sox, a period in which the farm system has produced many current Red Sox stars, including Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Dustin Pedroia and Jonathan Papelbon.
Ironically, Adrian Gonzalez also went through the Sea Dogs when the team was affiliated with the Florida Marlins.
The city of Portland has embraced its ties to the Red Sox. The Sea Dog's home stadium, Hadlock Field, contains a replica of the Green Monster, dubbed the "Maine Monster."
Red Sox fans in the area have filled the stands religiously since 2002, watching the young stars of tomorrow find their way to the majors. This strong bond with the community is one of the reasons for the extension.