Larry Davis is a graphic artist in Fort Wayne.
But those around Parkview Field – around the entire area, really – know him better as Larry the Vendor Guy.
I started doing this as an extra job to make a little extra money and to actually lose weight, believe it or not, said Davis, a walking vendor for the TinCaps. I’ve really enjoyed it. The people here are great. The fans are amazing. I love it.
Larry the Vendor Guy is the loudest personality at Parkview Field. His rookie trading card, crafted by co-workers at his day job, even says so in its scouting report.
Usually if you’re loud and get the people’s attention, you’ll sell more, Davis, 41, said. So that’s kind of how I do it. I just started yelling and just came up with some phrases on my own, and it all took off.
Davis has met some goals and made some friends while getting up and down the steps at Parkview Field. He has lost 20 pounds since he took the job in June, and the reactions from the crowd to his antics are getting better and better.
His Twitter account, @LarryVendorGuy, is picking up steam too.
One of the calls is I am Larry the V-E-N-D-O-R-G-U-Y, Vendor Guy,’ and then I give it a big WOO at the end, Davis said. That’s kind of my tagline.
Davis is primarily a beer vendor, but he has some diversity to his vending game, too. One of his most popular chants – WAAAAAAaaater – has begun to echo at Parkview Field when he’s working soda and water.
He has different calls for peanuts, popcorn and crackerjacks, too.
The more the crowd gets into it, the more I’ll yell, Davis said. I just love to see the kids get into it and have a good time.
It can sometimes take a toll on his voice, especially during long homestands and doubleheaders like the one Sunday.
I thought I was gonna have to go straight to Parkview – the hospital, not the field, he joked.
Away from the stadium, Davis, a Binghamton, N.Y., native, is a part of the arts community in Fort Wayne, as is his wife, Tammy.
The couple came to Fort Wayne 15 years ago, after Tammy finished touring the world with Disney on Ice. They returned to the area after Tammy’s parents, who lived in the city, were both diagnosed with cancer.
Her father survived. Her mother didn’t. But despite the circumstances of their move, the two fell in love with Fort Wayne.
It was about two or three years into that that I said we’re staying, Davis said. I love this place. It’s got a small art community, but for us, it’s cool. We’re both artists. It’s a great, homey town, a great place to raise a family. The Midwest mentality, I love it. Being a New Yorker, it’s a little slower-paced, and I love the people.
And the people – at least the ones at Parkview Field – seem to love him, too. With only four homestands left, including today’s 7:05 p.m. start against Dayton, Davis is already thinking about coming back.
Right now, I plan on it, he said. Management seems to want me, so if they want me and everything works out, I’ll be back.
Looks like his co-workers will have to update that trading card.