In the wake of Fireman Ed's retirement, I felt it appropriate to deliver a salute to some of New York sports' biggest personalities. The unofficial mascot is a position that brings with it honor, respect and a borderline celebrity status. Their personalities grow so large to the point where they become an actual, tangible piece of the franchise's image.
But with the power that comes from accepting this role comes great responsibility. The unofficial mascot cannot merely turn the game off like a casual fan sitting comfortably in his living room.
Even during the lowest of lows, in the midst of extended losing streaks and lifeless play, fans will turn to these figures as someone to whom they will follow for guidance. There's no massive contracts or exorbitant endorsement deals; only pride and team loyalty. So with that, let's take a look at New York's big 3 of unofficial mascots.