Relive all the costumed shenanigans of 2015 with the 8 best mascot moments of the year
The offseason can be pretty stressful -- both for the managers, GMs and executives looking to improve their squads for next season, yes, but also for all the fans anxiously awaiting the latest news and scuttlebutt. Will your team land that prized free agent? How soon will that prospect make a splash? Is the "Mystery Team" just a man in the Riddler suit? It's a difficult time for all of us.
So to help out (and to make you feel that much closer to baseball season), we offer you eight of the very best mascot GIFs of 2015. Because, really, why frantically refresh your Twitter feed when you can relive that time Orbit did the "Single Ladies" dance?
8. Billy the Marlin goes above and beyond
7. The Phanatic attempts to bond with the Empire, fails
"Foolish mortals, you and your Village People are no match for the power of the Dark Side," -- Darth Vader, presumably.
6. DINOSAUR BREAKDANCING ALERT
We'll let Dandi the Tyrannosaurus of the KBO's NC Dinos take it from here:
5. Rangers mascot Captain has fun with spiders
Traditionally, the job of the mascot has been to entertain and to inspire. Alternatively, Rangers' noble steed Captain would much rather terrify unsuspecting fans with fake spiders:
4. Mr. and Mrs. Redlegs, runaway menaces
Poor Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo. There they were at Great American Ball Park, calmly taking the field, thinking they were just at a regular old baseball game. Little could they have known that LOOK OUT MASCOT STAMPEDE:
3. A.J. Pierzynski has no time for mascot races
Yes, the Braves actually hold a "Tool race" at Turner Field, and yes, one of them is a drill named Two Bit. But that's not important right now. What is important is that A.J. Pierzynski was having absolutely none of this nonsense, and decided to do something about it:
2. Teddy Roosevelt will not be denied
It's been proven time and again that the Nationals' Presidential Race is a cutthroat affair, in which our nation's finest statesmen will do just about anything to win. But, in early September, a curious thing happened: As the race began, Teddy Roosevelt was nowhere to be found. Huh, that's odd. Guess he won't be winning thi-- bah gawd, is that Dallas Braden's music?!
1. Orbit turns supervillain
At first glance, Orbit seems like he wouldn't hurt a fly. Just look at that furry green face! But be warned -- for, as the participants in the Astros' astronaut race discovered, beneath that adorable alien exterior lies the heart of a supervillain/Mario Kart enthusiast: