One of only four teams lacking an official mascot, the Los Angeles Dodgers and fans were treated to a rare appearance by an illegal rally bear during Monday night’s game against the St Louis Cardinals. The bear, which appeared above the Cardinal dugout, danced for about a minute before being escorted out by LA security.
The bear’s presence appeared to confuse spectators, who pointed and gestured toward the gyrating costume. “At first, I didn’t know what it was,” remarked fan Laura Harding, “but it seemed to be working the crowd up, so I joined in.” Fan Kelli Wood said, of the bear, “anyone able to sneak an entire bear suit into the stadium deserves to dance.” And dance he did.
Indeed, the bear raised the level of energy in the stadium and, some speculate, the level of play. With or without the help of the bear, the LA Dodgers found themselves back in the series after a 3-0 victory over the Cardinals, who won the first two games of the National League Championship Series.
Game four begins at 6:07 MST on Tuesday, October 15.