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Mustangs Fan Feature: Richard Ottman

06/19/2017 11:01 AM -

Enter Phil Welch Stadium on any gameday, several familiar faces stick out.


Each carries their own story, while they all come for one single cause- cheering on the athletes.


Season ticket holder Richard Ottman has shown dedication to the Mustangs since the organization launched in 2009. He has not missed a game in four years.


At age 81, Ottman drives almost 40 minutes round trip every game to cheer on the Mustangs. His attention to the team starts almost 90 minutes before first pitch as one of the first fans into the stadium.


“I’ve been a baseball fan all my life,” Ottman said. “When they started to get the Mustangs going they were doing pretty good, so I started to come out and watch them.”


Ottman can be found during games in one of his two box seats adjacent to home plate. He credits the overall fan experience at Phil Welch Stadium as a reason he keeps coming back.


He has encountered great energy across all aspects of the gameday experience,  and remembers several moments with general manager Ky Turner.


“I’ve gotten along well with Ky,” Ottman said. “Ky is Ky, that’s it.”


Ottman shows appreciation to the consistency shown on the field each season. He also notices an increased edge within the team’s camaraderie year after year.


“Watching some of these guys, it seems sometimes they get better as the years go along. There’s always a good bunch of guys going in.”


Through time, Ottman witnessed several milestones in Mustangs history. His most memorable came in 2011 as Adam Maddox pitched a complete game shutout lifting the organization to its first MINK Championship.


Ottman shows appreciation for any athlete who spends time on the Mustangs roster, but found a special excitement when a pair of brothers came through the team.


Kris and Joe Koerper attended college at New Mexico State spent time with the Mustangs from 2011-2014. Ottman remembers the two for their special edge when they stepped in the batter's box.


“The way the played ball,” Ottman said. “They are good hitters. They’re just good ball players”


Ottman remains set on watching the Mustangs seek the organization's fifth MINK Championship. He feels the recipe the team has this season could bring just that.


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