Mascot Weeks celebrates the furry creatures who add fun to sporti games and other events.
Spikes started as a mascot for the Joliet JackHammers, an independent baseball team. In 2011, the JackHammers became the Joliet Slammers and added another mascot, J.L. Bird. A former prison guard, Spikes seemed a bit leery about the additional mascot, but over the years, things have remained mostly peaceful between the two. I previously wrote about meeting J.L. Bird at a Chicago Bandits game, which is where I also saw Spikes, but on a different day.
Unfortunately, not much else is known about Spikes. I saw one bit online which called him lovable, but dim-witted. That seems harsh for a mascot, but I am biased.
For more info on Spikes and the team, go to JolietSlammers.com. Check back here as Mascot Week continues.
Spikes and me in Rosemont, IL-July 2018.