Boston Red Sox Fan Attempts Chokehold on Tampa Bay Rays Mascot

Chris Stephens@@chris_stephens6Correspondent IISeptember 12, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG - JULY 7:  Mascot Raymond of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates the team's victory over the Chicago White Sox at Tropicana Field on July 7, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Alcohol can make people do some crazy and stupid things.

According to Jasper Craven of the Boston Globe, that's exactly what Boston Red Sox fan Trevor James Martin did Tuesday to Tampa Bay Rays mascot Raymond during a game in Tampa.

Each time Trevor James Martin, 27, wrapped his hands around Raymond’s neck and pulled him back toward a railing, the mascot had “to push off of the defendant in order to break loose,” according to a St. Petersburg police report.

Martin was clearly tipsy, and was seen slurring his words and staggering around the stadium, witnesses told police. He told police he had consumed two beers during the game, police said.

This report is hilarious in one sense, but scary in another.

We've seen fun incidents, like the one Atlanta Braves players recently pulled on the Phillie Phanatic:

There's a big difference, however, in what the players did and what the fan did. The players were in a controlled environment where alcohol wasn't involved. Martin is a different story.

While the mascot wasn't hurt, Martin will still face charges of disorderly intoxication in a public place. The man in the mascot suit decided not to press battery charges, which is something Martin should be very thankful for.

Still, I can imagine he likely will be banned from attending any MLB games in the future, whether they're in Tampa Bay or Boston. 

This is just another classic example of stupid things people do when they drink too much.

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