When talk first began about Major League Baseball opening for the 2020 season, the number of people allowed in the ballpark would be greatly limited…including not allowing beloved mascots into the stadiums.
Major League Baseball has since changed their stance on the matter.
Original Phillie Phantatic Dave Raymond noted, “the fur is back on the field.” He added, “I applaud MLB for this change They had said we were nonessential, but that’s not true.”
But while the lovable furry creatures will again be allowed into the stadium, they will not be allowed on the field of play.
By Arturo Pardavila III from Hoboken, NJ, USA – Mascots having fun outside the Good Morning America set., CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48448419
As yet, there is no word on the characters that hold the comical races – the Sausages in Milwaukee, the Presidents in Washington, the perogies in Pittsburgh, etc. Nor has The League weighed in on whether Mr. Met can have his lady friend Mrs. Met along or whether the Phillie Phanatic can invite him “mom” to the games.
Raymond noted that even with no fans in the stands, there are plenty of things a mascot can do to engage fans…even if it is just on television.
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