Lincoln Saltdogs excited to return to diamond after canceled season

After the COVID-19 pandemic canceled its 2020 season, the Saltdogs return for their 20th season in franchise history. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The Lincoln Saltdogs are back.

After the COVID-19 pandemic canceled its 2020 season, the Saltdogs return for their 20th season in franchise history.

“Oh it’s great,” said longtime infielder Curt Smith. “After last year, I thought it was over. I wasn’t planning on playing again. I just didn’t know what was going to happen. So it’s nice to be back on the ball field. I’m in my happy place right now.”

Brett Jodie takes over as the club’s new skipper. However, there will be plenty of familiar faces for fans this season, including Smith and former Husker pitcher Jake Hohensee.

“Last year, not playing and not seeing the fans interact with us and everything like that, it was hard,” Hohensee said. “But I’m really excited for Saltdogs fans to come out and support us.”

And Jodie is excited to see the atmosphere as well. He also says, the Saltdogs will be pretty darn good this summer.

“They are ready to go,” Jodie said on Friday. “Even talking to them on the phone – great people, great clubhouse. They did an outstanding job of bringing a lot of these players here. I’ve signed some as well, but I think we see eye-to-eye. I love great clubhouse people so it’s really outstanding group in there, and they are definitely ready to get after it.”

The Saltdogs open the season on May 18. The home opener is set for May 25.

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