There's a reason why minor-league teams also have mascots: Like the players, some of them aren't ready for the big leagues just yet. Some of them need more seasoning.
A most recent example: Rip Tide, the mascot of Norfolk Tides who crashed his ATV on Sunday night, sending the person playing the furry being flying and crashing into the Virginia dust:
You can see the mascot mount the ATV at the end of the video, so fortunately we're not saying "R.I.P. Rip Tide" this morning. It's a good thing that most of these costumes, which must be incomprehensibly uncomfortable during the summer and especially hard to wear while operating a motorized vehicle, come pre-padded for comedy.
The vehicle is also fine, reportedly.
It's an impressive mascot fail, full of laughs (because it's someone else and he/she/it is OK), but it's nothing like our favorite mascot mishap — when the University of Nevada mascot, Wolfie, fell off a dugout in Reno back in 2010.
Speaking of "The Show," if Rip ever wants to reach the majors and replace the Oriole Bird at Camden Yards, he's going to first have to practice his Mario Kart power slide on the Wii so he learns to control his turbo boost.
Think of it like Flight Simulator, big guy. Say, what is Rip supposed to be, anyway? A blue Grover-looking hippie dragged in by fishing nets after a childhood playing in the undertow? Kelp!
Big BLS H/N: Deadspin
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