Mike Vorel: A tribute to lonely mascots, the most surreal symbol of sports in 2020

SEATTLE — The most surreal symbol of sports in 2020 is arguing with a cardboard cutout three rows behind home plate. It is attempting to convince a smiling, life-size photograph of a fan to join in “The Wave” inside an obviously empty Citizens Bank Park. It is 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds — with bright green fur, bushy blue eyebrows and “a slight case of body odor,” according to its bio. It is a flightless bird from the Galapagos Islands — but it looks like a pear-shaped bush that waddles when it walks. It wears a white jersey, a red hat and an unblinking expression. It does not wear pants. It does…

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