Hey baseball fans!
Here's a fun fact: all but three teams in Major League Baseball have mascots! Those teams are the Dodgers, Angels, and Yankees. For the sake of this post, however, because of my allegiance to the Bronx Bombers, let's talk about the only former official Yankees mascot ever, Dandy!
Dandy was essentially a skinnier, pinstriped, mustachioed, and Yankee-colored version of the Phillie Phanatic. Not surprisingly, the designer for Dandy was actually the same company that designed the Phanatic, Acme Mascots. Dandy debuted in late-July of 1979, but was quickly put on hiatus due to All Star catcher Thurman Munson dying in a plane crash. Munson was a huge inspiration for Dandy's look, particularly regarding Dandy's mustache, so the suspension made sense. In the end, because of the lost momentum from the suspension and owner George Steinbrenner's eternal hatred of mascots, Dandy was discontinued in 1981.
Honestly, bringing back Dandy now would not only be a wonderful homage to the arguable Hall of Famer Munson, but would also be a great next step for the Yankees in attracting a younger audience. Maybe someday, the poor man's Phillie Phanatic will once again grace the concrete jungle in helping the Yankees win. But what about some alternative mascots?
Idea #1: Pigeon
Birds have been synonymous with sports team names and mascots for decades, so the bird that symbolizes New York City the best would be a perfect mascot for the Yanks.
Idea #2: Anthropomorphized Bat
This may be piggy-backing, but Mr. Met is an anthropomorphized ball, so maybe he could use a compatriot of sorts.
Idea #3: Another Muppet
Gritty, the mascot for the Flyers, is one of the most popular mascots in sports right now, so maybe the Muppet look is the way to go. If that's the case, there are tons of ways to customize a muppet, meaning that the Yanks could go in any direction they want with this idea.
What do you guys think? Should the Yankees revive Dandy? If not, should they add another mascot or none at all? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."