I would like to start by going back in time a little.....
Not a bad start to the video side of the blog, right? Longo already had the batting stroke down and it would not be long before he would be firmly entrenched at the hot corner for Tampa. Now he is a new dad, congrats to evan and jaime on their baby girl!
I recalled this day as being Big Mo's first introduction to the fans, but I seem to be wrong about that. Either way you can hear me muttering at one point something to the effect of "if this thing crashes I am gonna get it on vid". Gladly there was no crash, though it is the only time I have seen a helicopter land at Riverwalk Stadium during a game! Certainly the biggest entrance from the Biscuit mascot to date.
What do we know about Big Mo?
His Bio tells us
|The pants will ride up with wear|
DRAFTED: 1st round, April 2004
JERSEY NUMBER: 04
HEIGHT: Seven Feet
WEIGHT: More than a baker’s dozen
FAVORITE FOOD: Biscuits, of course!
FAVORITE MUSIC: Bring On The Biscuits and Take Me Out to the Ballgame
FAVORITE QUOTE: “Now you tell me, if I have a day off during the baseball season, where do you think I’ll spend it? The ballpark. I still love it. Always have, always will.”
– Harry Caray
ABOUT BIG MO: Big Mo is a fuzzy and fun Biscuit Lovin Beast. Big Mo is one-of-a- kind! Big Mo is responsible for entertaining fans young and old. He’s out at Riverwalk Stadium each and every game. Seven feet of baseball love, hailing from parts unknown, the eighth wonder of the world and the Biscuits’ biggest fan!
So who is the REAL Big Mo???We will break down the Mascot scouting report later, some of these notes leave the details in the dark. Ah but the best way to learn about wild creatures is to observe them in their natural habitats. So here we see Big Mo in several different situations.
|Big Mo on-field attack of Fernando Cortez in 2004|
|Was Big Mo called to the carpet for his antics?|
So now we see "the beast" turning an unblinking eye towards different prey. One a little less able to defend itself. One that wont go crying to the manager or GM.
|Would you let a "biscuit loving beast" hold your baby?|
|Uh-oh, I think its spotted us....|
If further evidence is needed for the reader to suggest a reason to give a wide berth to the "eighth wonder of the world", I am happy to oblige. Often we are judged by the friends we keep and the circles we travel in, but who is Big Mo hanging out with? See for yourself.....
|Who your mother warned you about|
As we have seen, Big Mo is a tough character, attacking players, hanging out with the hardened drunks, snatching children from parents arms, hijacking aircraft, accosting fans and players alike.
|smiling but nervous|
Big Mo - The Scouting Report
|another Big Mo photobomb|
The Bio says Mo was a first round draft pick in 2004, so that could be a first round MASCOT draft? Which begs the question, who did we pass up for this guy?
|2004 olympic mascots|
|Whatcha drinkin Ronnie?|
Big Mo implies his home is at the ballpark, invoking a Harry Caray quote about getting the day off. This should be a big clue, as we all know Harry spent more time in bars than ballparks and hung around with less than savory fellows.
As seen above, Big Mo is not above being seen with known boozers, and even Young Boozer has been known to be seen with Big Mo. If that doesnt say something, I dont know what does. And dont tell me. I dont want to know.
THE TRUTH ABOUT BIG MO
|Mo's offseason home|
|Mo begs for attention|
Perhaps thats why Big Mo is guarded about his origins, "hailing from parts unknown" is easier to say than admitting the truth sometimes.
Its a sad offseason existence for a fuzzy carpet faced creature, loving baseball in an empty stadium while wearing a home made Santa suit. He is lovable, but a little depressing, waiting for spring to come again.
|Hey lady, wanna see me do the YMCA for a quarter?|