Jun 2, 2022
By BRIAN QUINN, The Daily News Online
Jun 1, 2022
BATAVIA — With their first home game set for 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Dwyer Stadium, the Batavia Muckdogs gave the community a chance to meet and talk with them Tuesday at an event hosted by Eli Fish Brewing Company.
Joe “Coach Joe” Martinez, the Muckdogs’ second-year head coach, said the people he talked to Tuesday were mostly season ticket holders, but there were also some who came in to buy tickets.
“These are all die-hard ‘Muckdogs Mafia,’ as we call them. We can’t do what we do without those guys. We love every minute of this. We love them to come out every day,” Martinez said.
Last year, the Muckdogs and the Challenger Division Baseball League joined to host the first-ever Challenger game at Dwyer. Challenger Baseball is for people ages 5 to 21 with disabilities and has been part of the GLOW region for 16 years.
“Last year, we did a Challenger Division. We helped with the Challenger Division baseball. That was a nice event,” Martinez said.
The turnout Tuesday was better than last year, Robbie Nichols said.
“I just feel an excitement vibe between the fans, the coaching staff, the players,” he said. “We had most of the team, probably about 30 of them are here tonight.”
Robbie Nichols said teams are allowed to have 40 players and the Muckdogs will be pretty close to that number.