While baseball might be the slowest-paced of the four major sports, there's something about going to a ballgame that basketball, football and hockey cannot compete with.
From the smell of the hot dogs to the crack of the bat to the energy that builds in the stadium as the home team's pitcher gets set to deliver an inning-ending strikeout, the game-day experience at a baseball game is unique. And it's only enhanced by the presence of mascots.
From shooting t-shirts and hot dogs into the stands to interacting with fans at their seats, in the walkways and anywhere fans can be found at the ballpark, mascots have become a major part of a team's game-day festivities. Some have even become synonymous with the team itself.
We'll look at everything that makes these mascots the stars they are today, how teams developed the character and see if we can't come to an agreement on who the king of the mascots really is.
Let's get going.
*The most famous mascot in sports history, of course, is the San Diego Chicken, but contrary to popular opinion, he has never been the official mascot for the San Diego Padres. So if you're looking for some love for the feathery one on this list, I'm afraid you'll be disappointed.