By Raymond, we don't mean the sitcom star "everybody loves."
No, this is the
mascot of baseball's Tampa Bay Rays. Earlier this month, the team announced that the goofy cheerleader would be retired and replaced by something named "Sunny."
It was a shock, we assume, to fans who heard that announcement during the season opener against the Baltimore Orioles. After all, the mascot had appeared at more than 1,000 games since he debuted in 1998. Put in perspective, that's more appearances than the average nightly attendance at a Rays game (we kid, we kid).
A "Save Raymond" campaign proved unnecessary. The announcement, made on April 1, was, of course, an April Fools' Day prank.
-- Written by Joe Mont in Boston.
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