Time flies when you’re having fun — just ask Cleveland’s beloved mascot ‘Slider,’ who turns 25 this week.
The Indians will celebrate the furry pink guy’s birthday during Sunday afternoon’s matchup against the Chicago White Sox. A number of other MLB mascots will be in attendance for Slider’s big day, including Phillie the Phanatic from the Philadelphia Phillies, Stomper from the Oakland Athletics, Gapper of the Cincinnati Reds, Orbit from the Houston Astros, Paws from the Detroit Tigers, Screech from the Washington Nationals and Ace of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Slider has grown in popularity through the years and has become a staple at all Indians home games.
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"He appreciates the fans," said Indians mascot coordinator Dan Kilday (via Cleveland.com). "He’s seen the kids at Cleveland Stadium grow up and it makes him feel like Uncle Slider. It’s unbelievable."
As pointed out by Cleveland.com, Slider gained national exposure back in 1995, when he attempted a somersault off the center field wall during an ALCS game between the Indians and Mariners:
Slider remains one of the oldest mascots in MLB, and interestingly, the performer inside Slider’s costume has also been the same since the debut in 1990.
Slider’s birthday celebration will include a cupcake giveaway for the first 1,000 fans in attendance. American Greetings will be on-hand designing birthday cards and a play land will be available during pregame on the gateway plaza.
The Indians will also present Slider with a surprise birthday gift.
"It’s something new and improved that’s been on Slider’s wish list for a while," Kilday told Cleveland.com.