Yes, that’s Dustin Hoffman in the crowd watching the first mascot in Los Angeles Dodgers history.
During the eighth inning of Monday night’s Game 3 of the NLCS in Los Angeles, a man in a makeshift bear costume left his seat and clambered atop the Cardinals’ dugout, proceeding to dance and fire up the crowd. Dressed in a Dodgers’ jersey and no uniform pants, the man, calling himself “Rally Bear”, performed various antics for only a minute or so until he was apprehended by stadium security and led away.
Rally Bear was reportedly hauled off in a police car. He was banned from Dodger Stadium for six months. Los Angeles Times:
The 50-year-old man behind “Rally Bear,” Mark Monninger of Rancho Cucamonga, said he pulled the stunt to promote the idea of the Dodgers’ getting a mascot.
Monninger called it “a gonzo, guerrilla-thing where you just go for it.”
“Not bad for a white guy…. Trust me, it can get way better,” Monninger said of his late-game performance. “I can tear up a rug if I have to.”
The owner of an office-furniture store, Monninger said he was trying to drive home the point that the Dodgers need a mascot.
“I’m not trying to promote any organization or cause…. I just want to show fans, this is what is out there, this is someone that can entertain you,” he said.
He decided on a bear costume because “bears are cuddly, they look good.”
And of course, this:
Monninger said that as he was taken away in a squad car out of the stadium, fans saw him in the back seat and chanted “Free the bear! Free the bear!”
Impeach!! RT @dylanohernandez: Don Mattingly did not see or know about the Rally Bear.
— Josh Zembik (@jzembik) October 15, 2013
And now there’s a Change.org petition urging the Dodgers to keep Rally Bear.