Originally written on The Awesome Boston  |  Last updated 9/12/13
Tampa Bay Times: A Massachusetts man was arrested Tuesday after police said he grabbed Raymond, the Tampa Bay Rays’ fuzzy blue mascot. Trevor James Martin, who lives in a Boston suburb, was drinking beer as the Rays played the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg police said. Martin, 27, reached across the stadium’s railing and twice grabbed Raymond by the neck, officers said. Martin was staggering, slurring his words and smelled of alcohol, according to an arrest affidavit. Raymond pushed back and broke free, police said. A.B. How is choking a Mascot an arrestable offense? Especially when it comes to Raymond, the Tampa Bay Rays mascot. He’s wearing a fur suit of armor. Raymond could jump off the catwalk at Tropicana Field and not get hurt. He’s a giant padded Dr. Seuss-like character. “Choking” someone who’s wearing the equivalent of 15 neck braces is not actually a crime. Hitting one with a bat? Well, that’s a different story, Randall Simon.
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