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Prepare yourselves -- the Zim Bear arrives on Friday

Arguably the most anticipated giveaway on the MLB schedule will debut Friday when the Rays hand out "Zim Bears" to the first 10,000 fans in attendance at Tropicana Field.

A veteran of 64 pro seasons and now a senior baseball advisor for Tampa Bay, Zimmer said he's received an overwhelming number of requests for the commemorative doll -- ranging from family members to long-time friend Joe Torre.

He got a first-hand look with Rays broadcaster Todd Kalas before Thursday's game.

-- J.B. Long