Mascots are images of animals or humans that are used to promote institutions, products or services. They are normally designed to generate discussion, passion, hatred, and excitement for an audience or spectators in a particular event or occasion.
Here are some of the most popular Mascots of the Major League Baseball:
Mr. Met (New York Mets)
Mr. Met is the official Mascot of New York Mets. His image is that of a baseball-headed humanoid who wears Mets Cap and uniform. His image came into being in 1963 when he was featured in the cover of game programs. Since then, Mr. Met became very popular as the team he represented became the Major League’s Baseball most popular team in the 1960’s
The San Diego Swinging Friar (San Diego Padres)
The San Diego Swinging Friar is the official mascot of the San Diego Padres. He was created in 1958 when the San Diego Padres were still part of the Pacific Coast League. The Padres kept the Mascot when they joined the big league in 1969. Another mascot, the San Diego Chicken was also used by the San Diego team and became very popular and at times confusing it as the official mascot of the San Diego Padres.
Phillie Phanatic (Philadelphia Phillies)
The Phillie Phanatic is the official mascot of the Philadelphia Major League Baseball Team. The Phanatic came into the limelight in 1978 when he was presented at the Met during the game they played with the Chicago Bulls Club. Phillies player and sports analyst Tim McCarver introduced him in a TV show when he was promoting the team. Since then, he was given the title as the “baseball’s best mascot” Today Phillie Phanatic is the most recognizable and one of the most popular mascot in all of sports.
The Bird (Baltimore Orioles)
The Bird is the official Mascot of the Baltimore Orioles. The Bird was introduced to fans in 1979 at the memorial stadium in Baltimore. The Bird became famous with his dancing show atop the dugout of the team and his taunting of the visiting team.
Fredbird (St. Louis Cardinals)
Fredbird is the official mascot of St. Louis Cardinals. His name is derived from “Redbird”, a synonym for the cardinal bird. He was introduced in 1979 to entertain the fans of the Cardinals. He became popular with his dancing habits and throwing t-shirts to fans. He was joined later by Team Firebird, a group of young women employed by the club to help him in his t-shirt toss and in other duties.
Wally the Green Monster (Boston Red Sox)
Wally the Green Monster is the official mascot of the Boston Red Sox. Wally was created in 1997. He was a hit with children but the older fans did not immediately accept him as part of the franchise. His name was derived from the Green Monster nickname of the 37 foot wall at Fenway Park.
Screech (Washington Nationals)
Screech is the official mascot of Washington Nationals. He was created in April 17, 2005 at the “Kid opening day” promotion at Robert F. Kennedy memorial stadium. This mascot was designed by Glenda Gutierrez, a nine year old grade four student in Washington.
Rangers Captain (Texas Rangers)
Rangers Captain is the official mascot of the Texas Rangers. He was introduced in 1975 as a palomino-style horse dressed in the team’s uniform. His “72” uniform signifies the year of the transfer of Rangers team to Dallas/Forth Worth Metroplex. He has several sets of uniforms which he uses depending on the choice of the team for a particular game.
Lou Seal (San Francisco Giants)
Lou Seal is the official mascot of the San Francisco Giants. Lou Seal was created in 1996. The name came from an Oakland Athletic Fan name Lucille. It also refers to the San Francisco Seals, a baseball club which was a mainstay of the Pacific Coast League from 1903 to 1957.
Bernie Brewer (Milwaukee Brewers)
Bernie Brewer is the official mascot of the Milwaukee Brewers. This mascot was created in 1973 first appearing as a cheerful man with a mustache. The Brewers build a chalet for him inside the stadium. It is here where he leads cheerers for the Milwaukee Brewers Team. For each victory by his team, he would slide down and plunge himself into a huge beer mug in celebration.
Raymond (Tampa Bay Rays)
Raymond is the official mascot of Tampa Bay Rays. He is described as a “seadog” and resembles a manatee. He wears an inverted baseball cap and wears a large pair of sneaker. In 2006, he was awarded an honorable mention in the best mascot contest of Game Ops.com