Sunday, January 17, 2021

Celebrity Jersey Cards: Mascot Edition: Bailey & Mariner Moose

Today starts Mascot Week, where I feature some of my favorite mascots I have met. Celebrity Jersey Cards is a weekly series featuring celebrities who have worn sports jerseys. Mascot Week starts with a special Mascot edition of Celebrity Jersey Cards. Many mascots wear the jersey of their team, but these Celebrity Jersey Cards will show those mascots wearing the jerseys of other teams.

Bailey debuted as the mascot of the Los Angeles Kings in 2007. He is 6 feet tall (6'4" if you count his mane). He was named after Garnet "Ace" Bailey, former Director of Pro Scouting for the Kings, who died in the 9/11 terrorist attack. He wears #72 because it is the average temperature of Los Angeles. Bailey is actually the second mascot the Kings have had. The first was a leopard named Kingston, who now serves as the mascot for the Kings AHL affiliate Ontario Reign. Bailey donned a San Diego Chargers jersey for their playoff run one season to earn his celebrity jersey card. Bailey was involved in a twitter feud with former wrestler and Chicago Balckhawks fan CM Punk.
Mariner Moose debuted for the Seattle Mariners in 1990. Originally, Mariner Moose was not liked by the fans. Rumor has it the team actually sent him to learn from the Phillie Phanatic. Mariner Moose eventually won over the fans. An odd incident occurred in the 1995 American League playoffs, when Mariner Moose and Slider (the Cleveland Indians mascot) both were hurt in the series. Because Bailey lost a fun bet with the New England Patriots mascot, he was forced to wear a Tom Brady jersey, thus earning his Celebrity Jersey Card.

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