New Braves Mascot Blooper Will be A Source of Punchlines for Years


((Screengrab/Twitter--@marko6262))

Sigh---I guess I need to qualify this by saying I'm a lifelong Atlanta Braves fan but sometimes like everyone else I look at a decision made and wonder "What the heck were they thinking?"

This is one of those times.

Saturday the team held its 1st Annual "Chopfest" where they decided along with the other festivities--it would be time to introduce a new team "Mascot" to replace "Homer" the Brave (a giant baseball head)...

And someone (I don't know who) came up with something that I guess they thought would be goofy enough and inoffensive to most so they wheeled him out in front of a fairly large crowd of mostly kids.

They debuted "Blooper"...who appears to look like a cross between the Philly Fanatic and Creature from the Movie "The Goonies".....

Ok, here's the "Intro" video in front of the crowd....I'm not sure what the set-up was about--but when "Blooper" comes running out, notice the initial response---or lack of it...(make sure you have the volume up)

Maybe I'm just being a grown up who's cynically reacting to something the kids will love. Then again, maybe I'm not.

I don't have as much an issue with the costume as the name. It's the name "Blooper" which is drawing most of the Social Media ire/heat...

Yes, I know: Don't use Social Media as a judge. Most everyone on Twitter is snarky and will mock pretty much--well everything. Columnists are holding court too wondering where the heck the name came from....

Did it (the name) come from this play in 2012? (I can't take credit for this joke---Thanks Richard Elliot)

Anyway---I'm trying to straddle the fence here by saying I don't hate the costume--but really, really hate the name.

Could they not have come up with something, anything baseball related besides naming the thing after a mistake or goof-up? Anything---Winner, Rally, Fastball or even Knock a Homa (oh, wait)....

Heck, keep the old mascot name. Just don't use a punchline for one....

Did management or the people making this decision not know the connotation of the word "Blooper"? In baseball terms it's an "Accidental Base Hit".....

Attention Atlanta Braves Marketing: For most people, these---are bloopers.....

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