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  • Southpaw 23rd in Athletic mascot rankings

    https://theathletic.com/1885298/2020...-the-phanatic/
    For those who don't subscribe to The Athletic, they describe Southpaw as "featureless" and a mascot who only relates to kids. Accordingly, they put him in the top spot of the lowest tier. I'll admit I was weary about Southpaw when he first came onto the scene, but he grew on me after a few years. He should be ranked higher than this.

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    23rd actually ranks pretty high compared to where Southpaw's predecessor, the animated Waldo the Wolf would rate. After the disaster of Ribbie & Roobarb, the Sox didn't dare create a real-life version of Waldo.

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    • #3
      It's preposterous that anyone still uses the eye test to evaluate mascots. Advanced metrics prove that Southpaw is the best of his generation.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by A. Cavatica View Post
        It's preposterous that anyone still uses the eye test to evaluate mascots. Advanced metrics prove that Southpaw is the best of his generation.
        This made me laugh. Thanks. The Paw's launch angle and spin rate are excellent.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Chez View Post

          This made me laugh. Thanks. The Paw's launch angle and spin rate are excellent.
          Actually, he (she?) was second in the league in TSCA+ for both 2019 and 2018.

          (T Shirt Cannon Accuracy, park adjusted)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by A. Cavatica View Post

            Actually, he (she?) was second in the league in TSCA+ for both 2019 and 2018.

            (T Shirt Cannon Accuracy, park adjusted)
            Yea but his DTDM* were decidedly below league average. The kids he brought up there were constantly out flossing him by an embarrassing amount.

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            • #7
              Frankly I'm surprised it's that high. Don't get me wrong: Southpaw is great, and gives fantastic hugs (in large part due to being so fuzzy) but unless you are personally interacting with Southpaw it's just not a mascot that looks outwardly interesting the way that, say, the NC Dinos mascot is.
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