Major league mascots don't have the most comfortable of jobs — can you imagine trudging around a stadium every day in a heavy, hot costume? It's a bit more uncomfortable for the mascots when fans get a little too wild and start grabbing them by the neck.
This is what happened to Raymond, the Tampa Bay Rays mascot, during Tuesday night's game against the Boston Red Sox. I know what you're thinking: "Surely no hometown fan would try to choke his own mascot." Correct. It was a Red Sox fan from the Boston suburb of Needham. The Tampa Bay Times has more:
Trevor James Martin, who lives in a Boston suburb, was drinking beer as the Rays played the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg police said.
Martin, 27, reached across the stadium's railing and twice grabbed Raymond by the neck, officers said. Martin was staggering, slurring his words and smelled of alcohol, according to an arrest affidavit. Raymond pushed back and broke free, police said.
Martin, who told officers he drank two beers during the game, faces a misdemeanor charge of disorderly intoxication. The "victim within the mascot suit" declined to press battery charges, police said. Martin was released from Pinellas County Jail early Wednesday on $100 bail.
A little bit of Googling will show you that there's a Trevor James Martin who lives in the Boston area and has worked as a production assistant on movies such as "Pain & Gain" and "The Fighter." You would think he understands the plight of costumed entertainers.
BLS H/N: Eye on Baseball