6 MLB Mascots We Love to Hate
Major League Baseball parks are made for distractions. Between the stall tactics of pitchers and hitters, the built-in breaks every inning, and the slow walk of a manager making a move, it’s enough to make the most loyal fan’s attention wander.
Fortunately, a modern day at the ballpark provides more distractions than peanuts and Cracker Jacks. Celebrity sightings and wild promotions assault a fan’s senses during every break leading up a game’s seventh-inning stretch. Then there are the mascots that populate the home stadiums of all but four baseball teams. The fact that three are among the oldest teams (Cubs, Dodgers, Yankees) should explain the peripheral role a mascot can take with respect to an MLB club.
Still, there are several mascots that have built loyal fan bases and come to represent both annoyance and distraction for visiting players. Here are six mascots known for provoking the ire of visiting teams and their fans.
1. Bernie Brewer, Milwaukee Brewers
Players visiting Milwaukee have come to associate Bernie Brewer with the worst moments they spend in town. Any time the Brewers crack a home run or register a win, the mustachioed man careens down an enormous slide from “Bernie’s Dugout” in center field. Before Miller Park existed, Bernie had his own chalet with an enormous beer stein to soak up suds from the “Go Brewers” keg.
The chief complaint about Bernie these days is his relevance in light of the sausage races drawing so much attention at Brewers home games. Still, the Brewers mascot has been a team fixture since 1973, making him one of the most storied mascots in the game.