More than any other sport, minor-league baseball thrives on the fan experience. The Columbus Clippers have that in spades with Dime-a-Dog nights, the brand-new Huntington Park and lovable LouSeal steering the ship. Aaron Gettys, the man behind the mask, shared what it's like playing the city's favorite seafaring mammal.

More than any other sport, minor-league baseball thrives on the fan experience. The Columbus Clippers have that in spades with Dime-a-Dog nights, the brand-new Huntington Park and lovable LouSeal steering the ship. Aaron Gettys, the man behind the mask, shared what it's like playing the city's favorite seafaring mammal.

I kind of got lucky. My girlfriend knew some people who worked with the Clippers. She kind of got me in the door, and we did the promotions team. Then the guy who was doing LouSeal in my second year ended up getting a higher position in the company, and they asked me if I wanted to take it over.

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I've been with the Clippers since 2000. This is my ninth year as LouSeal.

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The hardest part is July and August. It's ridiculous. You've got to add about 20 degrees to whatever temperature it is outside. When you add in 72 home games and carry a full-time job and do the appearances, that's also another struggle for sure.

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Being LouSeal is good extra vacation money for me. It definitely keeps me in shape. And it's always fun making somebody's day, especially the little kids. That's mainly what we're out there for - to see people smiling and having a good time.

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There's a couple of ways you can go about doing this job. You can go and kind of just wait for kids to come up to you. I like to get out there and make more of a show than anything. I'm a little more about getting the crowd excited - just getting people into the game and creating electricity.

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Being a mascot's not something I really pursue. I like my day job. I'm a photo assistant for The Gap. It's e-commerce - online shoes, handbags and apparel. We have things coming from the warehouse through our photo studio, and I manage the actual merchandise. My main job is to keep the flow of the studio going.

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In my spare time, I play music. I play acoustic shows mainly. I play everything from a Dave Matthews to a Jimi Hendrix style. A bunch of singalong stuff. I've also got a girlfriend, Clair. We've got two dogs and travel.

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Our goal is to reach the 50 states by the time we're 30. I've got 12 more states in three more years. I've got to get a move on to Hawaii and Alaska.

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Something people might not know about me is that I've had brain surgery [to remove a cyst]. I was, like, seven years old. I'm glad it happened when I was younger. Back then it was cool, because my parents bought me everything I wanted. You know, it was like, "Yeah, I'll get you the Jordans, because it might be your last pair of shoes."

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Three things I can't live without are my girlfriend, baseball and showers. Everybody's like "internet, cell phone." I need a shower - especially after this job.

Know someone doing cool things around Columbus? E-mail John Ross at jross@columbusalive.com.