(Willmar, Mn) The Willmar Stingers season is upon us and I couldn't be more excited. This begins the third season in Willmar for the Stingers and it has been my pleasure to be the stadium "Voice of the Stingers" during that time. Due to the heavy schedule of games I do take a few games off each year to get in a little family vacation time but I'll be out there barking for most games again this season.
During these past two and upcoming third year I have greatly enjoyed barking out announcements, interacting with game contestants on the field and engaging in some lively banter in the press box during warm summer nights. Ryan Voz and Marc Jerzak have been great guys to work with as have the cadre of interns that help make all the games and promotions happen.
This year they are adding "Barry" the bear mascot to the evening festivities, so I'll have a big furry critter to take some pot shots at this year while he is delighting the young fans with his antics. I am sworn to secrecy about the identity of Barry, but I can tell you he will do a gret job.
The Stingers open the season with a bunch of new players and some familiar faces as well. Manager Matt Hollod returns for his third season along with his buddy and pitching coach Tyler Shepple. I host "The Matt Hollod Show" every Friday morning at 1005am on KWLM. We talk Stingers baseball with Coach Hollod and at least one player during the season.
Fireworks and givewaways all season long at "The Beehive," so make sure to get your tickets and join in the fun, I know I will be there.