BIRMINGHAM, AL -
With baseball season inching closer and pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training in less than a week, minor league baseball teams are loading up on stadium personel. That includes mascots.
So you want to be the nextBirmingham Barons mascot?
Some kids will adore you.
Some will you will freighten.
But no matter what, the siblings, "Babe Ruff" and "Lillie Mays" are here to entertain.
"They're just like any other brother and sister, goof around with each other, mess around, just have fun," Barons Director of Production Mike Ferko said.
The Barons are in search of five or six enthusiastic candidates for the up-coming season.
"To be a mascot, you got to be out-going, energetic, comfortable around people, large crowds on nights when we have 8,500 people out here," Ferko said. "We obviously don't want someone that's going to stand there."
There is a lot that goes into being a Barons mascot. But one thing that is not required is baseball knowledge and baseball skill.
"Babe Ruff and Lillie Mays aren't on the field playing," Ferko said. "They are out with the fans or interacting, that's what most important."
Mascot life is not just high fives, and double high fives, or getting escorted around in a funny car.
The work day starts early, and don't forget, the heat of summer.
"Traveling all over the ballpark from the time they come in, pre-game, they visit the suites, parties," Ferko said. "You're on the go all the time."
Do you have what it takes? To tryout, contact the Birmingham Barons at (205) 988-3200.