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Published: 4/27/2013 - Updated: 11 months ago


Working Undercover — Muddy, Muddonna are agents for fun

Muddy and Muddonna are the sideshow at the 72 Mud Hens home games this year. Parading around the ball park with hilarious nonverbal antics, the furry cheerleaders are the creatures fans love to love and the face of Mud Hens baseball. “The baseball team’s job is to win the game,” said Evan Back, a member of the Swamp Squad, the promotions team and handlers for the mascots. “It’s Muddy and Muddonna’s job to win over the fans.” While there’s a whole team of baseball players, a couple dozen people on the Swamp Squad, and a sea of fans, there’s just one Muddy and one Muddonna. To get their job done, the birds ­— in addition to their uniform baseball caps — wear the hats of cheerleader, entertainer, and celebrity throughout the course of a game. They’ll do almost anything to make their audiences happy, whether it’s playing pranks on passersby, tossing swag to the crowd, or dancing on the dugout roof.

Muddy the Mud Hen walks on top of the dugout entertaining a small and cold crowd as the Toledo Mud Hens play the Columbus Clippers at Fifth Third Field. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Muddy the Mud Hen walks on top of the dugout entertaining a small and cold crowd as the Toledo Mud ...
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A shy Alyssa Banaszak, 4, hugs close to her mother Emily Banaszak, Toledo, as they're greeted by Muddy the Mud Hen as the Toledo Mud Hens play the Columbus Clippers at Fifth Third Field. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A shy Alyssa Banaszak, 4, hugs close to her mother Emily Banaszak, Toledo, as they're greeted by Muddy the Mud ...
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Muddy the Mud Hen jokes with Jean Harler, Maumee, as she celebrates her 75th birthday watching the Toledo Mud Hens play the Columbus Clippers at Fifth Third Field. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Muddy the Mud Hen jokes with Jean Harler, Maumee, as she celebrates her 75th birthday watching the Toledo Mud Hens ...
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Muddy the Mud Hen is surrounded by fans as the Toledo Mud Hens play the Columbus Clippers at Fifth Third Field. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Muddy the Mud Hen is surrounded by fans as the Toledo Mud Hens play the Columbus Clippers at Fifth Third Field.
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Swamp Squad member Shawn Giffin, Toledo, takes a picture of Muddy the Mud Hen with fan's phones as they pose with Muddy in a suite at Fifth Third Field. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Swamp Squad member Shawn Giffin, Toledo, takes a picture of Muddy the Mud Hen with fan's phones as they pose ...
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Muddy and Mudonna walk through the lower level of Fifth Third Field as the Toledo Mud Hens play the Columbus Clippers. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Muddy and Mudonna walk through the lower level of Fifth Third Field as the Toledo Mud Hens play the Columbus Clippers.
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Victoria Lang, 8, North Baltimore, laughs as she's playfully teased by Muddy the Mud Hen as the Toledo Mud Hens play the Columbus Clippers at Fifth Third Field. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Victoria Lang, 8, North Baltimore, laughs as she's playfully teased by Muddy the Mud Hen as the Toledo Mud Hens ...
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Muddy the Mud Hen shoots a ball to young fans as the Toledo Mud Hens play the Columbus Clippers at Fifth Third Field. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Muddy the Mud Hen shoots a ball to young fans as the Toledo Mud Hens play the Columbus Clippers at Fifth Third Field.
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Muddy the Mud Hen cheers his team to the amusement of Dustin Macaulay, Toledo, and his children Alex Macaulay, 7, and Brooklyn Macaulay, 5, as the Toledo Mud Hens play the Columbus Clippers at Fifth Third Field. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Muddy the Mud Hen cheers his team to the amusement of Dustin Macaulay, Toledo, and his children Alex Macaulay, 7,...
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Muddy the Mud hen walks the concourse as the Toledo Mud Hens play the Columbus Clippers at Fifth Third Field. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Muddy the Mud hen walks the concourse as the Toledo Mud Hens play the Columbus Clippers at Fifth Third Field.
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Muddy the Mud Hen gets the young fans cheering as the Toledo Mud Hens play the Columbus Clippers at Fifth Third Field. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Muddy the Mud Hen gets the young fans cheering as the Toledo Mud Hens play the Columbus Clippers at Fifth Third Field.
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Muddy the Mud Hen waits to go out on the field for a promotion as the Toledo Mud Hens play the Columbus Clippers at Fifth Third Field. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Muddy the Mud Hen waits to go out on the field for a promotion as the Toledo Mud Hens play ...
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Muddy the Mud Hen visits with concession workers as the Toledo Mud Hens play the Columbus Clippers at Fifth Third Field. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Muddy the Mud Hen visits with concession workers as the Toledo Mud Hens play the Columbus Clippers at Fifth Third Field.
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Muddy the Mud Hen walks with Myschell Gaitor, 3, along the concourse at Fifth Third Field Enlarge | Buy This Photo Muddy the Mud Hen walks with Myschell Gaitor, 3, along the concourse at Fifth Third Field
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