Every player and fan knows that there are certain rituals, some of which seem so outright crazy, that if a normal human being did this in their normal lives, the rest of the world would think there’s something completely wrong with them.
But in sports, it’s a whole different deal. Superstition has always driven some of the strangest of rites, from beards to unwashed laundry. Game rituals are so accepted by players and fans alike, even Bud Light has an entire set of commercials, the tagline of which states very clearly, “It’s not weird if it works.”
Which brings us to the Rally Bear that showed during the bottom of the eighth inning of Monday’s NLCS match-up between the Cardinals and Dodgers. In the end, it was the home team Dodgers that came out with the win, 3-0.
And the Rally Bear? He’s been banned from Dodger Stadium for six months.
Incidentally, sooner after the team put the hammer down on the Rally Bear, the Dodgers turned around and lost Game 4 to the Cardinals, 4-2, and are now on the brink of elimination.
Perhaps the folks at Dodger Stadium should re-think that whole banning thing.
Understandably, thanks to gaggles of knuckleheads over the years, security is a major issue. At the same time, the Dodgers have no mascot, which apparently was the entire purpose of Rally Bear’s appearance.
And keep in mind, Los Angeles did win when he popped up.
So, maybe, just maybe, the Dodgers could find it in their hearts to make this ban go into effect, say, after the playoffs were over? Being down 3-1 in the NLCS, what’s the worst that could happen? They lose? Then it would prove that Rally Bear did nothing to help them, and everyone could go on their merry way.
But this is sports. Remember the Angels had the Rally Monkey during their World Series run. It’s worth a shot.