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Published On: April 18th, 2018


Animal from the World-Famous Tag Team Road Warriors set to visit Witter Field

The Rafters have announced professional wrestler Joseph Michael Laurinaitis, better known by his ring name Animal from the world-famous Road Warriors, will be on hand for Wrestling Night on Wednesday, June 27th for the 7:05 game against the Kalamazoo Growlers.

Road Warrior Animal was one half of the Road Warriors. The Road Warriors have been champions across the world while working for multiple wrestling companies including the WCW and WWE. He and his partner Michael “Hawk” Hegstrand won several tag team championships over their two decades long career. They are famous for wearing their trademark spiked shoulder pads to the ring, intimidating face paint, and their finishing move the Doomsday Device. The team was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011. Fans will have the chance to get autographs and meet Road Warrior Animal prior to the game.

The Rafters are now offering an exclusive package for wrestling fans that includes a reserved bleacher ticket to the game on June 27th, a Rafters baseball hat, and a wrestling themed t-shirt. The shirt will have the Rafters themed championship belt draped across the shoulder. The Rafters are offering this special Wrestling Night ticket package for $27. The deadline to sign up for the exclusive wrestling package is Friday, April 27th at 5:00pm. The package can be purchased exclusively online at during the time period by entering the promo code: ANIMAL into the promotions box. Once your order is placed, a Rafters representative will follow up regarding t-shirt size(s) needed.

Single game tickets for the 2018 season go on sale at 9am on Friday, April 20th. The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters will begin their season on the road against the Madison Mallards on Tuesday, May 29th. The Home Opener is slated for Friday, June 1st against the Wisconsin Woodchucks. The entire 2018 Rafters schedule is available at


The Rafters are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Entering its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 190 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rafters as your favorite team.