By Chris Garman
June 17 marked the start of a new era for the Aberdeen IronBirds, a Class-A short-season Baltimore Orioles affiliate. Danny Mays made his debut as the new public address announcer after winning the "The Voice" of Ripken Stadium, an online and social contest.
A native of Crofton, Md., Mays, 29, was announced as the winner after three rounds of competition, which included a video audition, a Facebook fan vote and a live audition in front of a judge panel at Ripken Stadium. After beating out nearly 70 other contestants, Mays will return to a seat he filled in for six games last season.
"It was definitely a nice surprise to get the call and be offered the job," Mays said. "The first thing I thought when I talked to the team and accepted the job was a lot of people helped me get there. Of course, along with being excited, gratitude was at the forefront of everything."
Having experience behind the microphone at Ripken Stadium, along with being the lead vocalist in a band, Mays knows how to appeal to a crowd with his voice, he said.
"Learning what it's like to be in front of a live audience and what kind of feedback they are giving you and knowing what you need to do to give them a great game-day experience is critical," Mays said.