This is Zim-Bear, and it will be running through your head for quite awhile, won’t it? The Tampa Bay Rays will be giving this, erm, lovely toy away on June 29th during their game against the Detroit Tigers. We’ve seen some really odd giveaways during our time, but I do believe that this is the first time I can recall a special advisor (not a coach, or a player…but an advisor) as the subject of a giveaway item, and it’s also the first time I can remember a human being interspliced with a bear to create a human-bear hybrid.
The only way this could be better is if the Rays put pig hooves on the Zim-Bear to create…ZIM-BEAR-PIG! Tampa Bay is also giving away a cowbell featuring Raymond, their former mascot, on the opening weekend against the Yankees, as well as a bobblehead doll of their new mascot, DJ Kitty. As someone who has a bizarre affinity for collecting strange bobbleheads, I think I’m going to need to acquire one of those DJ Kitties by any means necessary.