#34 – Mascots Gone Berzerk

Photo taken: September 21, 2011

If you’ve attended a professional sporting event at some point in the past two decades, you’ve probably come across this scene before.  During a break in the action, the big headed, goofy team mascot will come out onto the field, or on top of the dugout, or maybe in some remote location of the nosebleed seats wielding the big artillery.  Those stupid air powered guns that shoot off T-shirts, hot dogs, or other ridiculous souvenirs that could put someone’s eye out.  This is the Minnesota Twins ursine mascot T.C. Bear unloading round after round of cotton shrapnel into the chilly crowd at a late September game at Target Field.  My camera just happened to record the exact moment this T-shirt was exiting the ballpark bazooka, which combined with the angle at which the bear’s fake face was caught at, makes it looks like he really has gone completely mad.  Those crazy mascots take their right to bear (no pun intended) arms pretty seriously…

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24 Responses to #34 – Mascots Gone Berzerk

  1. love it!!!!! I once had a sh*t job at an exposition, I was polly pocket my friend was cinderella… she kicked one of the devilish brats as he tried to look under her dress…how weird!!!

  2. While I have always supported the right to arm bears, as opposed to the alternative, projectile t shirts just seems….. wrong.

  3. Ally Bean says:

    Oh your commenters are bearly able to contain their enthusiasm for this photo. 😊

  4. draliman says:

    We can barely step out of the house in this country without breaking some health and safety law or other, so I’m pretty sure that ballistic t-shirts would be right out…

  5. Gosh I’m not sure what to say (that hasn’t already been said)…..I do know that I would prefer projectile t-shirting over some other projectile objects being shot at me in the stands. Hot dogs would be interesting but what a waste of ketchup!

    Pam

  6. Quirky Girl says:

    As mom to a mascot, I can assure you they don’t arm high school mascots with any such fun arsenal. That’s, evidently, a major incentive for becoming a professional sports team mascot. For that reason, my son idolizes Houston Rockets mascot Clutch the Bear. That mischievous mascot gets to smash people in the face with pies and cakes! 😜

    • Awesome… a pie fighting mascot! Let’s turn the crowd into a big Three Stooges convention! It’s too bad they don’t let the mascots have that kind of fun in high school… what’s the worst that can happen if you give a teenager a shirt shooting cannon?

  7. I don’t think the Sox have a mascot. I don’t think the Yankees do, either, unless they’ve been in hiding at all the games we used to go to.

    • I think Yankee fans would have a heart attack if they ever introduced a mascot. They won’t even let the poor players wear names on the backs of their jerseys because that’s too modern for them. The Red Sox are a bit more willing to embrace the changing culture of baseball, but even they’ll only go so far. I thought they had some kind of green monster mascot named Wally, though maybe he was short lived.

  8. And then there’s Dinger…the lamest dino mascot in the majors. Cool capture on your part.

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