People from all over the world travel year after year to get a glimpse of baseball action in the U.S. Even so, more often than not, the funniest MLB mascots end up stealing the show and getting most of the camera flashes.
For those wondering how much mascots make, their salaries can range from $40,000 to $60,000 depending on their experience, so yes, they get paid pretty well to make us all laugh and fool around between innings.
27 out of the 30 MLB teams currently have a mascot, meaning just the Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Yankees don't, as they try to keep a more serious approach towards the sport.
But even among all the great characters and goofy animals we see on a yearly basis, some of them obviously stand out. Today, we're going to show you everything there is to know about the funniest MLB mascots ever.
The Oriole Bird - Baltimore Orioles
Well, this one is pretty self-explanatory. The Oriole Bird was hatched out of a giant egg before the start of the 1979 season and has been the Baltimore Orioles' mascot ever since. He's such a part of the team's culture that even the logo features him and his huge smile.
Sluggerrr - Kansas City Royals
Sluggerrr has to be one of the funniest MLB mascots of all time. He looks tough but is actually quite goofy and clumsy. In fact, he even shot a hotdog at a fan's face once. He has his own Facebook and Twitter accounts for millennial fans trying to reach out to him.
Bernie Brewer - Milwaukee Brewers
Well, Bernie Brewer really loves beer. He has his own beer-barreled chalet where he celebrates every Brewers' home run and victory by chugging a huge mug of ice-cold beer. Some claim that's not exactly a good example for the kids but hey, the team name is literally called Brewers.
Pirates Parrot - Pittsburgh Pirates
No pirate is a true pirate without a parrot standing on his shoulder. That's why the Pittsburgh Pirates leaned towards Pirates Parrot to bring the crowd to their feet between innings. He's well-known for his antics, hot dog-shooting skills, and, obviously, his sick dance moves.
Stomper - Oakland Athletics
Stomper is the way the Oakland Athletics have of sticking it to their doubters. How's that? Well, the owner of the New York (San Francisco) Giants once said that the Athletics' new ownership had bought a 'White Elephant'. 95 Years later, Stomper was born. Nice pun.
Mr. Redlegs - Cincinnati Reds
Mr. Redlegs is as charismatic as he is clumsy. He once fell off an ATV during his pre-game show and his face was exposed. Then, he appeared with a neck brace to crack everybody up. He's pretty funny and according to most polls, he's the most popular among the 4 Reds mascots.
Lou Seal - San Francisco Giants
Lou Seal is perhaps one of the funniest MLB mascots we've ever seen. In fact, Forbes named it the best mascot in all of sports in 2008 for his appearances in the Giants' minor-league affiliate games and his presence in all major sports in the Bay area. His name was chosen by fans.
Wally The Green Monster - Boston Red Sox
Wally The Green Monster is just adorable. He decided to move to Fenway Park to root for the Boston Red Sox but stayed hidden for 50 years until he was finally big enough to show his final form. He's constantly interacting with fans and even grew a beard when the players did it during their 2013 World Series run.
Mr. Met - New York Mets
Well, Mr. Met is a man with a baseball-shape head, which perfectly fits the description of the diehard Mets fans, who only think about the team. He was the first MLB mascot ever, introduced in 1964 when the team played in Shea Stadium. He was inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2007.
Phillie Phanatic - Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillie Phanatic may be the most recognizable MLB mascot in the nation. He was created to provide a calmer, smoother environment at Veterans Stadium, then known for its violence and roughness. Needless to say, it succeeded, as his shenanigans, ATV shows, and dance moves always ease the air when the home team isn't living up to expectations.