Effectively Wild Episode 2011: Who Was That Mascot Man?

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the major leagues’ sudden influx of 24-year-old right-handed pitchers with the surname “Miller,” the Rays’ surprisingly precarious position in the AL East (7:48), and the Cubs, the Brewers, and the state of the NL Central (12:45), before focusing their bat-resuscitating powers on Trea Turner (17:22), with almost immediate effect. Then they talk to David Raymond, the original Phillie Phanatic performer, Gritty co-conceiver, frequent team mascot consultant, and founder of the Mascot Boot Camp and Mascot Hall of Fame, about all of their mascot questions, the mascot design process, and what it’s like to be inside a mascot costume, plus updates and a Past Blast from 2011 (1:26:54).

Audio intro: Beatwriter, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio interstitial: Justin Peters, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio outro: Ted O., “Effectively Wild Theme

Link to FG preseason top prospects
Link to The Board
Link to article about Bryce Miller
Link to LPGA naming convention
Link to FG playoff odds
Link to BP on the Rays-Jays blowout
Link to BaseRuns standings
Link to high-leverage pitching splits
Link to FG pitching clutch
Link to pitching LOB%
Link to Turner quote
Link to Meg’s mascot rant
Link to NYTM on Raymond
Link to Gritty on Twitter
Link to info on Slider
Link to Dinger assault story
Link to Dandy wiki
Link to Mascot HoF wiki
Link to Mascot HoF ballot
Link to Raymond Entertainment site
Link to David’s speaking site
Link to David’s book
Link to 2011 Past Blast source
Link to 2012 HS bat change
Link to more info on bat change
Link to latest college HR uptick
Link to David Lewis’s Twitter
Link to David Lewis’s Substack
Link to Turner’s homer

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