Over the years, mascots have evolved tremendously, and their significance has been debated since their conception. From Mr. Red to the Klement's Racing Sausages, the mascot has always been a vital part of the sports experience. This list will examine and rank the cream of the crop, the 10 best active mascots in Major League Baseball.
I could not live with myself if I did not include Wally. Although he has only been rallying fans for 13 seasons, he has stolen the hearts of the Fenway faithful. I hope that Wally will inspire the "traditional teams," such as the Cubs and the Yanks, to adopt the age-old concept of the mascot.
I don't know what it is that makes Dinger so great. He simply radiates fun. Plus, his face is unforgettable, the perfect face for a franchise that, over the past few seasons, has never quit, even with the chips stacked against them.
Come on. Look at that face. It is impossible to exclude the Swinging Friar from this list. He has been the Padres' mascot for over a half century, and I pray that he will continue to be the image of this unfortunate team for a long, long time.
One of the most recognizable mascots in all of sports, Fredbird of the St. Louis Cardinals is my No. 7. He has been the St. Louis mascot since 1979, and he is a staple around the community. His trademark move is "beaking" fans. This is when he completes Cardinal fans' game experiences by hitting fans in the head with his beak.
The Klement's Racing Sausages. The epitome of the successful sports mascot. Even when you are sitting at beautiful Miller Park, and Prince has gone 0-4 with 3 Ks, you can still look forward to the joy of watching the fantastic sausages race around the field in a heated battle. The only thing I have to say on the matter is "GO CHORIZO!"
Mr. Met is not only the mascot of the New York Mets. He is a media icon. He has appeared on numerous TV shows and commercials, and he is a spokesman for MTA New York Transit. Just think of all the money the Yankees could rake in if they adopted a mascot of their own. Oh, I forgot. We wouldn't want to tarnish the noble image of the Steinbrenners, would we?
Even though the Marlins bring out what seems like 25 fans per game, Billy the Marlin is still a widely known mascot around baseball. Besides Hanley Ramirez and the new stadium to be opened in 2012, Billy is pretty much the pride of the Marlins.
Amazingly, the Mariner Moose is a product of a contest for children ages 14 and under. After the Moose was chosen from over 2,500 entries, he made his debut at the Kingdome in 1990.
The Oriole is a mainstay at Camden Yards. Sure, the O's aren't exactly what you would call a good team. But, hey, they have one of the best parks around. Plus, the Oriole Bird has always been one of the better mascots out there. Now, he is getting recognition. He's my No. 2.
No one is better. The Phillie Phanatic is hands down the best, I repeat, best mascot out there. Mr. Phillie Phanatic, I salute you. Keep doing what you do.