Any authority on Major League Baseball mascots will tell you that the Los Angeles Dodgers are one of just four teams that don't have one, sharing the distinction with the New York Yankees, the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Though, if you count the Yankees' ill-fated dalliance with "Dandy" or the unofficial varietals in "Billy Cub" and the "Rally Monkey" -- in Chicago and Anaheim, respectively -- the Dodgers are in a league of their own when it comes to abstaining from mascots.
That might have changed Monday night, albeit unofficially. During the eighth inning of L.A.'s tilt against St. Louis in Game 3 of the NLCS, a person wearing a full bear suit and clad in a Dodgers home jersey wowed the hometown crowd with one of the most energized performances ever witnessed this side of the first base line in Chavez Ravine.
The bear captivated fans, opposing players and probably every devotee of SYTYCD before being apprehended by security. No word yet on whether the fan plans to repeat his effort in subsequent games, but should the Dodgers end up facing the Red Sox at Fenway, hopefully Mark Wahlberg will keep him off the Green Monster this time around.
Hockey players are notoriously tough. So after right fielder Torii Hunter risked his body to try to rob David Ortiz Sunday night, it only seems fitting that a guy on skates would throw himself over the boards to remind you of his toughness. That happened in the Washington Capitals game against the Edmonton Oilers just one day later, when Caps defenseman Mike Green flipped face-first over his own bench. Except he didn't mean to do it. He meant to check Oilers forward Jesse Joensuu. Joensuu deftly avoided being stood up against the boards, leaving Green to enjoy the date with momentum.
And you may have thought the San Diego Chargers matchup against the Indianapolis Colts would be an aerial affair with two of football's most talked-about passers squaring off. Instead, it was the Bolts' run game that led the way on Monday Night Football. A balanced attack helped the Chargers control the ball for 38:21 of the game's 60 minutes and secure a 19-9 win over Andrew Luck and company.