Report: Giants mascot sets ironman mark
The World Champion San Francisco Giants will not be returning to
the playoffs this year, but the team is on top in at least one
category: its “Lou Seal” is the reigning champ in consecutive home
games attended by a mascot, The Wall Street Journal reported in its
Joel Zimei has attended 1,051 straight home games as Lou Seal, a
beloved figure at AT&T Park who rides around the field on a
little scooter, performs atop the dugout and pops up everywhere
from the outfield bleachers to corporate suites to trade high fives
with Giants fans.
The streak has not been easy to keep. Once he had to drive half
the night from Reno after his flight from Denver to San Francisco
was canceled and the closest he could get was Nevada. He made it to
“I was totally delirious,” said the 38-year-old Zimei.
Major League Baseball does not keep stats on mascot attendance,
but Zimei’s fellow mascots — 26 of the 30 teams have one —
compared notes at their annual get-together at the All Star game in
2010 and determined Lou Seal had attended more home games in a row
than any of the others. “One is one season behind me, so he’s
breathing down my neck,” said Zimei, who would not identify his
Zimei’s attendance record inspires awe among the Giants
“He hasn’t ever been on the disabled list one time,” said
manager Bruce Bochy, whose team has been riddled with injuries
since winning the World Series in 2010.
“I really don’t know how he does it,” added pitcher Matt Cain.
“He’s one of those guys who seems like a fanatic.”
On June 8, Zimei was performing his usual pregame antics on the
field when an announcer called for the crowd’s attention. An
ovation went up after he pointed out that it was Lou Seal’s 1,000th
straight home game, as a banner was unfurled in right field with
the number “1000” on it.
“I got a little emotional in my suit,” he said.