Winger for a Day: Scott Reister suits up as Ams mascotPosted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, Wash. - To all those who have ever suited up as Winger, or any other mascot, you have my utmost respect. Recently I got the chance to fill-in as the Tri-City Americans mascot at a home game. I thought it would be a lot of fun. I didn't factor in all the sweat, blind spots, and lack of bathroom breaks.
Tri-City Americans Marketing Director Dan Mulhausen was my guide throughout the night. After helping me into the costume (a mere 25-minute ordeal) he told me I should have used the boys room before it all started.
The hardest part was not being able to talk, especially for someone who talks for a living. After giving a kid a high-five, there were surprisingly few things that popped into my head. I pretty much just wiggled a lot and gave high five's all night.
I couldn't see anything through through the thin slit in Winger's beak, and I could't exactly take my giant Eagle-head off in the hallway to wipe the sweat out of my eyes.
With all that said, it was an exhilarating night! Imagine having thirty people yell your name everywhere you went. I was pretty much expected to act like a dork, which suits me just fine.
I managed to hand a prize to the wrong lady in the seats and almost wreck an on-ice promotion, but it turns out that Winger could do no wrong.
However, I'm still waiting for my call-back for another game.
Many fans kept on asking 'How's Winger got so tall?'
The regular Winger is about 5'7", while I stand 6'3"-- a good 7-feet tall with the costume on! If I had to actually wear skates, things could have been scary. Richard Zednik-scary. How do the mascots of the world skate, dance, and pull off promotions? They must be good. All I could do was high-five and fall down.
Much like sky-diving, Japanese food, and eating glue, being the mascot is probably something I'll do once, and never again. It was fun while it lasted, though.
And sorry to that lady in section RR. I didn't realize your kid was actually crying so much.
-KNDU Sports Director Scott Reister