I don't care if you call me a grumpy old man, or an uncaring monster. I am absolutely against the idea of having a Dodger furry mascot.
It's silly, and this sudden adoration I'm sensing is really pissing me off. Please stop it.
This afternoon, KTLA 5 had an interview with the masked menace. His name is Mark Monninger. Watch the video here. Also, Ari Bloomekatz at the LA Times tells us more in a story just recently posted. BTW, Monninger has been banned from Dodger Stadium for 6 months. Good!
The 50-year-old man behind "Rally Bear," Mark Monninger of Rancho Cucamonga, said he pulled the stunt to promote the idea of the Dodgers' getting a mascot.Of course, I thought the same thing about the LA Kings mascot Bailey, so there's that. Still, I don't think the Dodgers need one.
The moment came as the Dodgers fought their way to a 3-0 win Monday over the St. Louis Cardinals. In the bottom of the eighth inning, during a pitching change, Monninger jumped out of his seat dressed in a bear costume and rushed on top of the Cardinals' dugout.
He then waved his hands wildly, clapping to get the crowd hyped up and tried to do a jump into splits -- twice -- before being pulled away by security personnel.
Monninger called it "a gonzo, guerrilla-thing where you just go for it."
Pic at the very top is a bastardized version of a Getty Images pic found on Big League Stew
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