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Mascot mayhem

SAN FRANCISCO -- Greetings from Section 335 in the left-field upper deck of AT&T Park! After the American Leaguers were done talking to the media, we were herded right over here as batting practice has opened and we're a couple hours away from this year's Home Run Derby. It's sunny and 70-ish right now but the wind is blowing hard out to center and it figures to be a chilly night. Who knew the plug on your laptop could serve as a paperweight?

Moose_2 It's a long elevator ride up once you get through the metal detectors (yep) and get inside the ballpark. I shared it with Western New York native Paul White of USA Today's SportsWeekly -- and several costumed MLB mascots. It was like one of those SportsCenter commercial moments.

The Mariner Moose accidentally hit me in the head with his antlers when he turned (he apologized) while the guy in the Texas Rangers suit (don't know his name) was crabbing about how bad his team was. The guy in the Astros suit was laughing at him. Or maybe that was BJ Birdy from Toronto. Like he's got something to laugh at this season. At least the guy wearing the Nationals getup knew to be quiet.

---Mike Harrington


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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