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A Boston man (and presumed Red Sox fan) was arrested during Tuesday night's Sox-Rays game after drunkenly grabbing Raymond, the Rays' cuddly mustachioed mascot, by the neck. (Allegedly.)
The Tampa Bay Times reports:
Trevor James Martin, who lives in a Boston suburb, was drinking beer as the Rays played the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg police said. Martin, 27, reached across the stadium's railing and twice grabbed Raymond by the neck, officers said. Martin was staggering, slurring his words and smelled of alcohol, according to an arrest affidavit. Raymond pushed back and broke free, police said.
As someone who recently spent a day wearing a mascot suit, I will say that more people than you'd expect forget that inside these costumes are human beings, who should be treated as such. SMDH.
In any event, Raymond opted not to press battery charges, which is unfortunate because "mascot tries to fit into witness box" has great gag potential.