This month we offer a special edition of the podcast with guest Jon Long. Jon is the Director of Game Presentation for the Newfoundland Growlers. In January 2022 the Growlers mascot performer Chris Abbott passed away after over 27 years performing at Buddy the Puffin. In the wake of his death the team, community and staff has had to grieve and process the loss, while trying to find a path forward.
The ability to put a smile on the face of a 6 year old or a 60 year old was what got him out of bed every morning.
Jon shares his memories of “Abbo”, the impact of Buddy and how the team has move forward after the loss.
Plus Ben Hill talks about the highlights of 2022 in Minor League Baseball leading into the Best of 2022 Awards on Gameops.com. We look at some possible award nominees and how to nominate your favorites this year.
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- Last Month on the Podcast: The October Party in the Back rages with guest Rob Wicall and Jonny Greco. We look at being accountable for your own position in Live Events, evaluation techniques and a creating culture to grown and improve.
- One Year Ago on the first episode of the Party in the Back Podcast: Wreaths Across America’s Sean Sullivan helps us find the right tone for Military Appreciation night and Rob Wicall joins the Party to look discuss Kraken, Tacos and Wicked Big things.
- Five Years Ago on The Gameops.com Podcast: ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz and Cameron Hughes highlight the November Edition of the Gameops.com Podcast.
- Christopher “Abbo” Walter Abbott | 1970 – 2022 | Obituary
- ROBERT: NEWFOUNDLAND GROWLERS LOOKING FOR THE NEXT BUDDY THE PUFFIN
- Death of man behind Buddy the Puffin mascot leaves N.L. fans, families ‘heartbroken’
- Condolences Pour In for Christopher “Abbo” Abbott, Known as Buddy the Puffin
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