You can’t let one bad apple ruin the bunch. Mascots are essential to the fan experience, and need to be at every arena. Other than players, mascots are the most memorable part of a young sports fan’s stadium experience.
From the silliness of Benny the Bull to the antics of the Phillie Phanatic, mascots offer next-level entertainment when the ball game isn’t enough. In an ideal world, every fan would be 100 percent engaged in the game 100 percent of the time, but that’s not the case. Minds tend to wander, but mascots are there to give a little comic relief, keeping people in the game.
The Mr. Met incident was vulgar, but we shouldn’t ban an otherwise noble job because of it. Mascots need to stay.
Without mascots, we wouldn't be treated to the stylings of the Phillie Phanatic. Since his first appearance in 1978, the Phanatic has become the most recognizable mascot with its funny pranks, and wild on-field interactions with players and managers. We need more Phanatics, not less!
There’s nothing that a mascot really contributes to today. Fans don’t really care about the stupid pranks of a mascot. All the fans care about to making it on the jumbotron, catching the Kiss Cam and watching the damn game.
Having a mascot in a stadium is like that annoying elementary school friend. You’re ready to enjoy the game, and it’s just constantly there drawing attention to itself in the dumbest ways possible. it doesn't matter if you’re riding around the field in an ATV, when there are players ready to kill each other for a high stakes win. They don't want to be pranked in front of 20,000 other people.
When you do have a mascot, there’s usually a person inside the costume constantly targeted by frustrated fans just because they are the mascot. People shouldn’t be subjected to that kind of abuse. That's when a Mr. Met incident happens. There is a breaking point, and no one should ever have to reach it for the sake of entertainment.