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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Slyder: Heat's No. 1 fan

  • When Rick and Shar Twyman decided to commit to the city of Wellington and bring their Heat baseball franchise here for the 2013 season they perhaps decided that they needed a mascot to go with the golden- flame mane, teeth-baring baseball logo that announces the Heat.
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  •    By Karl Younkman
     
           When Rick and Shar Twyman decided to commit to the city of Wellington and bring their Heat baseball franchise here for the 2013 season they perhaps decided that they needed a mascot to go with the golden- flame mane, teeth-baring baseball logo that announces the Heat.
         In any event, they went out and got themselves a golden retriever puppy dog. “We basically got him the day after we committed to Wellington,” says Shar. “We found him up in the Kansas City area. We named him Slyder which you know is a baseball name for a pitch. Spelled different of course.”
         Spelling aside, the baseball pedigree has taken hold with Slyder. “When he sees Rick getting ready to go to practice or the game he waits by the door and happily whines until we go to the truck,” said Shar.
        Once at the ballpark Slyder starts to look for his uniform. Jane Cole of Farmers Insurance has chosen to let Slyder do the heavy lifting of her sponsorship on his uniform and with the amount of barking that the pooch does during the games it’s clear that Farmers is getting plenty of advertising for it’s buck.
         “He’s a talker,” says Shar. “And he does like to chase the baseballs. We have to bring the leash with us for when he does start to run. He’ll be out on the field.”
        Slyder is a fine watchdog too as anyone who has walked a bit too close to the Twyman’s parked truck can attest to. But the dog is loveable and the Heat fans love to see him running the stands.
        The Heat players have taken to Slyder also. ‘Slyder Duty’ has been discussed in another article in these pages and the players can certainly find worse ways to occupy an evening than dogsitting Slyder during a road game.
         Shar thinks that Slyder does have a few favorites among the players. “When Robby Romero comes over Slyder will go jump on him and cuddle with him,” Shar offers.
         Any particular reason why Slyder likes the Heat closer so much?  “I think it’s because Robby’s signature pitch is his slider,” says Shar, not altogether in jest.
     

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