Sports are much more than what happens on the fields or courts. They are joy, culture, folklore, happiness and integration. There is one fun element that should never be missing in stadiums: mascots. Those peculiar characters that entertain fans and are symbols of teams or tournaments. Today, we will pay tribute to some of them.
Since 1978, this fun green mascot has been an idol for Philadelphia Phillies fans. In his shows and appearances, he has danced with other players, faced other mascots and even stormed the field in an all-terrain vehicle. He is probably the most interesting mascot in MLB and is known even to those who are not baseball fans.
A ferocious lion is the official mascot of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings. Bailey breaks all the stereotypes of a docile and tender mascot. He is a real troublemaker and has consistently made headlines from mocking Anaheim Ducks players who were suffering from mumps to getting into a Twitter feud with former WWE superstar CM Punk.
The mascot of Premier League side West Bromwich Albion makes you want to laugh just looking at it. We are literally talking about a boiler with legs. Many of you may wonder why this particular character exists. It all has to do with the sponsorship of the heating company Ideal Boilers.
Benny the Bull:
An iconic character. Chicago Bulls team mascot since 1969. One of the most beloved mascots by NBA fans. He became very popular in the 90’s when Michael Jordan and his teammates took this team to the top. Nowadays, Benny makes many fans enjoy with his impressive dunking performances.
One of the longest-lived characters in the history of the sport. His first appearance in baseball was in 1963 and while he is the mascot of the New York Mets, he is so beloved that many consider him the official mascot of the MLB. He is a symbol of New York City and has been elected into the Mascot Hall of Fame.
Ato, Kaz and Nik:
The official mascots of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan 2002. They are futuristic, computer-generated creatures whose colors are orange, purple, and blue. We are talking about members of a team of “Atmoball” (a fictional football-like sport), Ato is the coach while Kaz and Nik are players. Weird characters.
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