Monday, December 3, 2012

Mascot Monday: D. Baxter Bobcat

D. Baxter The Bobcat 
 Arizona Diamondbacks 2000 - Present

This Monday we feature the mascot of the Arizona Diamondbacks D. Baxter The Bobcat. Baxter became the mascot on 23 June, 2000. The explanation of his name is a bit corny but it is a fun story. Besides having a bobcat as a mascot is more fun than having a snake as a mascot. There is a minor league team that has a mascot named "fangs" which is a typical mascot with a funny head his funny head happens to be a snake head. Anyway the story goes something like this. Baxter got his name from Brantley Bell the son of original D-Backs player Jay Bell who played on the Diamondbacks from their inaugural season 1998 to 2002. The team's nickname is the "D-Backs" (D. Baxter) and before the team's stadium was called "Chase Field" it was "Bank One Ballpark" nicknamed "Bob" (Bob as in Bobcat). OK a ballpark nicknamed Bob lets just show Baxter's card.

 2010 Topps Opening Day Baseball Mascots M1 Baxter The Bobcat Diamondbacks
(Front and Back)

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  1. I know it's just for fun and all and I get the history of it but it still strikes me as odd that the Diamondback's mascot is an animal that eats the animal that the team is named after.

    1. I didn't think about that. At least a bobcat is a bit more understandable than some of those other team mascots. Just what the heck is the Phillie Phanatic? A Martian? Then there are those ball-heads: Mr. Met, Homer The Brave, Mr. Red and Mr. Redlegs.

  2. I'd hate to wear that costume in the middle of the Arizona summer though... and what do you have against the Phanatic??