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Red Sox fan chokes out Rays mascot

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Tully Corcoran

Tully Corcoran spent seven years covering the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas Jayhawks for The Topeka Capital-Journal. His work has been honored multiple times by The Kansas Press Association. He most recently wrote for FOX Sports Houston and FOX Sports Southwest. Follow him on Twitter.

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You don’t think of “sports mascot” as the kind of job where you get hazard pay — but the world is changing and is now a place where getting choked out by a fan is a realistic possibility.

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MLB is flush with plush. Take a look at a full lineup of MLB mascots plus the very special subset of competitive racing characters.

For proof, we present Raymond, the Tamba Bay Rays mascot. Raymond was working during Tuesday's game against the Boston Red Sox when, according to Boston.com, a 27-year-old Trevor Martin grabbed Raymond around the neck and pulled him toward a railing. Witnesses told police Martin was visibly intoxicated, slurring his speech and staggering about. He told police he had two beers.

Raymond didn’t file any charges, but St. Petersburg, Fla. police did, arresting Martin for disorderly intoxication in a public place.

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