If you've been paying attention to the Dodgers over the past several months then you've no doubt encountered the name Will Ireton. He is Kenta Maeda's Japanese translator and lovable sidekick. Furthermore, he has become a Dodger players' favorite. In fact, Dave Roberts called him the team mascot today after he accomplished a challenge made by Kenley Jansen, per Eric Stephen at True Blue LA:
"That was Will the Thrill, our team mascot. He was challenged by a couple players that he couldn't deadlift 405 pounds,” Roberts said. “As I got wind of this wager, I wanted to see it first hand, so we brought the weight room into the clubhouse this morning. Suffice it to say, he was successful.”If you haven't seen it go do it now. It is available in the below Instagram video thankfully povided by pitcher Alex Wood:
Best yet, Will continued to celebrate after his lift. Check out a follow up video below (also by Alex Wood) that shows him still filled with adrenaline (and Tiger's Blood?).
UPDATE: Apparently I've got the timing of the two videos entirely wrong. The twitter video showing Will in the tiger's mask was actually his entrance into the clubhouse. He would then prepare himself for the deadlift right afterwards.
In honor of the Will I made a bunch of fantasy Baseball cards of him. On the top left I used a pic taken by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016 and the 1988 Donruss Baseball card design. The top right card uses another pic taken by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017 and the 1993 Upper Deck Baseball card design. As you can see, it is of Will's grove that has been expertly drawn on by Kenta Maeda. For his next card I took a screengrab originally found at Dodgers Digest and used the 1982 Topps Baseball card design. On its right is another screengrab from an instagram video and the 1981 Fleer Baseball card design.
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