Homer the Brave: Less Stereotypical than Chief Noc-A-Homa?

The current mascot of the Atlanta Braves, Homer the Brave, is less stereotypical than Chief Noc-a-Homa. Homer the Brave is just a large, ordinary baseball mascot with a baseball for a head and face. He’s very charming and endearing, especially to younger fans. There is no racial profiling or stereotyping involved in his appearance or his gimmick. He simply makes his way around the park while trying to entertain the audience with his hand signals, his dancing, and his tricks. He relies on slapstick humor to reach the audience Read the rest of this entry »

Team Fredbird as Role Models for Young Girls

Fredbird is the iconic mascot of the St. Louis Cardinals, and he has been part of the team since 1979. Fredbird has been joined by Team Fredbird at the baseball games since 1995. Team Fredbird is a group of young women that assist Fredbird in entertaining the fans between innings. While they are best known for throwing out t-shirts at the games, Team Fredbird do a lot away from the stadium that make them great role models for young girls.

Any young girl baseball fans in the St. Louis area should aspire to be members of Team Read the rest of this entry »

Promoting New Mascots: Hatching Dinger, Screech and the Oriole

Dinger the triceratops is the mascot for the National League’s Colorado Rockies. The team, looking to attract a younger fanbase, chose the dinosaur as it’s mascot upon finding a seven foot long, one-thousand pound triceratops skull while breaking ground on the team’s new ballpark, Coors Field. Dinger is an active member of the Rocky Mountain region, visiting children’s hospitals and promoting youth literacy programs. The Rockies “hatched” Dinger from his egg in front of a packed house at the team’s former stadium, Mile High, on April 16th, 1994.

The Washington Nationals held a contest among area Read the rest of this entry »

The Day Billy the Marlin Lost his Head in Midair

It was Opening Day, 1997, a season which would be a magical one for the Florida Marlins (now the Miami Marlins). The Marlins mascot, Billy the Marlin was known for brave displays of acrobatic stunts around the ballpark to entertain the fans of south Florida.

What became one of the most memorable opening day moments in team history was also a great April Fool’s Day bit as opening day for the team was on April 1st, 1997. The Florida Marlins made arrangements with the United States Navy to have a Read the rest of this entry »

Why Bernie Brewer No Longer Takes the Plunge

Bernie Brewer has been the mascot of the National League’s Milwaukee Brewers since 1973. Different incarnations of the character have been used since his inception, and for a period of about nine seasons, was nowhere to be found. Brought back via a fan vote, Bernie has been a mainstay at Brewers’ home games ever since.

During Bernie’s early days as the Brewers’ mascot, he had a chalet that he would slide down following victories by the home team Read the rest of this entry »

Why is the Diamondbacks’ Mascot Not a Rattler?

The answer as to why the D-Backs’ mascot isn’t a rattler is one thick with mystery and intrigue. First, there’s the logical answer: It is hard to make a mascot snake cute and loveable. Would your kids fight to get their picture snapped with a long tongued, red eyed, fanged rattler? I didn’t think so. I see a lot of screaming kids in tears gripping the scaly snake hand (or whatever you’d call the anatomically incorrect appendage of Read the rest of this entry »

The Only Mascot Ever Thrown Out of a Game

The day was August 23rd, 1989 in Montreal, Quebec. A Major League Baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Montreal Expos (since relocated and renamed the Washington Nationals) had gone into extra innings. While running back and forth across the Dodgers’ dugout roof, Youppi!, Direct TV, the Expos’ mascot made a head first dive and landed hard on top the dugout. At that point, Dodgers’ manager and Baseball Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda had seen and heard enough. He walked out to the home plate umpire, which happened to be Bob Davidson, who is considered one of the most ill-tempered umpires in baseball history (even having received a suspension of his own). Upon the completion of the discussion, Davidson ejected Youppi! from the field, citing him as a distraction to the natural flow of the game at hand. Youppi! wasn’t gone long however, as he was allowed to return to the field, with the understanding that he was to remain in the immediate area of the Montreal Expos’ home side dugout. The game ended up going to 22 innings, with the Dodgers claiming victory 1-0. Youppi! is the only mascot to ever be ejected from a Major League Baseball game.