Daily Archives: June 25, 2009

‘Now That’s A Book I’d Read’ – Book #5 – ‘Rule #1 : Mascots Cannot Talk’

This book is the 5th book in this new feature at ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

Title – ‘Rule #1 : Mascots Cannot Talk’

Synopsis – It is a written rule that while in  costume team mascots are not allowed to speak.  We have pulled the tape off of their mouths to hear their hilarious stories first-hand.

Jacket  Content – For 3-4 hours during each home game the team mascot is the most active employee in the stadium.  A paid entertainer, the job’s philosophy is simple – Make them laugh at all costs.  And do it without speaking 1 word.

In essence, the team mascot is a mime.  A person dressed in character playing a role that is designed to bring out emotions from the people watching.  And in most cases that emotion is humor.

We have spoken to dozens of current and former mascots for this story.  We’ve taken the tape off of their mouths and let them share their sides of this famously, fun job.

With a ton of laughs, some resulting in tears, this book shares their stories.  From wearing 40-pound costumes in 90 degree heat, to humiliating celebrities in the name of fun, and to cheering up ill children at hospitals, the people that do these jobs have shared their experiences with all of us.

Finally, the mascot gets to talk!!!!


1 – Ace – Toronto Blue Jays

2 – Bernie Brewer – Milwaukee Brewers

3 – Billy The Marlin – Florida Marlins

4 – The Bird – Baltimore Orioles

5 – Captain Jolly Roger – Pittsburgh Pirates

6 – Baxter the Bobcat – Arizona Diamondbacks

7 – Dinger – Colorado Rockies

8 – Freebird – St. Louis Cardinals

9 – Gapper – Cincinnati Reds

10 – Homer – Atlanta Braves

11 – Junction Jack – Houston Astros

12 – Lefty & Right – Boston Red Sox

13 – Lou Seal – San Francisco Giants

14 – Mariner Moose – Seattle Mariners

15 – Mr. Met – New York Mets

16 – Paws – Detroit Tigers

17 – Phillie Phanatic – Philadelphia Phillies

18 – Raymond – Tampa Rays

19 – Screech – Washington Nationals

20 – Slider – Cleveland Indians

21 – Sluggerrr – Kansas City Royals

22 – Southpaw – Chicago White Sox

23 – Swinger – Oakland A’s

24 – Friar – San Diego Padres

25 – TC Bear – Minnesota Twins


Mariano Rivera’s Race To 500 Saves!!! Part 12

Mariano Rivera’s Race To 500 Saves!!! Part 12

Well, well, well…  After 8 days and 7 games of inactivity, guess who finally got the chance to make an impact in a baseball game.

In last night’s 8-4 victory over the Braves, Mariano Rivera faced the last 4 Beaves’ hitters of the night.  And what did he do?  He struck out all 4 of them of course en route to earning career save number 498!!!

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A Welcomed Sight – The Return Of John Smoltz!!!

I don’t care what uniform he’s wearing tonight.  I will agree that it will look weird as we’ve seen him in just 1 jersey for the last 20 years.  But it is, John Smoltz and he is finally making his 2009 debut tonight with the Boston Red Sox and I for one cannot wait for him to take the mound.

As a Marlins fan, it is hard to be a fan of anyone on the Atlanta Braves.  At the same time, my love for the game and enjoyment of quality veteran players is a big reason that I still remain loyal to the sport.  John Smoltz is a classy guy and has been one of the greatest team players in all of sports over the last 2 decades.

Whatever the outcome tonight, the game will thrilling.  A future Hall of Famer is taking the mound for a new team in hopes of extending his career and wining another championship.

I wish you all of the luck in the world Mr. Smoltz!!!  You deserve nothing but the best.  Go Get ‘Em!!!!

Red Sox Smoltz Baseball

1988 Fleer Andre Dawson – Baseball MVP

1988 Fleer Andre Dawson – Baseball MVP

Here’s another one of the ‘oddball’ Andre Dawson cards I picked up recently.  While the design is not as appealing as some of the other subsets that Fleer created in the late 1980’s, the picture is what I am drawn to…

Even well after ‘The Hawk’ took his mighty swing you can still see the look of intensity in his gaze as he ripped through whatever the pitcher had hurled his way.  By the look of the direction his famous stare is headed, it appears that Andre is trying to see if the ball has been called as fair or foul.

Oh, and it never hurts to have the brick wall of good old Wrigley Field in the background either!!

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