Playoff time in all sports cause players to believe in superstitions. Whether it’s a playoff beard, wearing the same undershirt, socks or even underwear, everybody has a superstition they believe in when they’re winning.
The same holds true for fans who believe that what they wear, where they watch a game or even the volume number on the T.V. determines whether or not their team wins or loses. Things are no different for the Dodgers in the 2013 playoffs as players have grown beards, used the same bat and stuck to the same routine in hopes of winning the World Series.
For me, I do the same thing. I wear the same hat, watch games at the same place and try to do as many things the same because I’m superstitious enough to think what I had for lunch will affect Clayton Kershaw on the mound.
Well, during Game 3 of the NLCS, “Rally Bear” made an appearance in the eighth inning and became a phenomenon since the Dodgers don’t have a mascot. We later learned that he was banned from Dodger Stadium for six months and when they lost Game 4, there were many that thought not having “Rally Bear” was a huge reason why.
However, at Game 5, there were mascots at Dodger Stadium, they just didn’t make an appearance on top of any dugout. Since Game 5 was an afternoon game, there were companies that took the day off and made a trip to Dodger Stadium and Beyond Meat, a plant-based protein company, had “Rally Chickens” in the bleachers.
Now, they didn’t get any attention on the scoreboard or local news, but the Dodgers did win the game and now the question is, should they introduce a mascot next season? There’s an LA Times article that ran earlier this week and the response wasn’t too positive as 56 percent believed the Dodgers shouldn’t.
Along with the Angels, Cubs and Yankees, the Dodgers are one of four teams in baseball without a mascot and to be honest, there was a part of me that believed if “Rally Bear” made an appearance in Game 4, the Dodgers would’ve won. Even so, I’m not so sure what a Dodger mascot would look like if it was introduced, but I’m sure it’s something management will discuss over the winter.
So what do you think, are you superstitious enough to think the Dodgers should introduce a mascot next season?
Meanwhile, here are some pictures from the Beyond Meat “Rally Chickens” during Game 5 on Wednesday:
In case you missed it, here’s Adrian Gonzalez flashing the “Mickey Mouse” ears during Game 5 on Wednesday!