The Los Angeles Dodgers were dominant in their 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the NLCS, but a dancing fan known as “Rally Bear” was the real star of the night.
As the Dodgers neared victory in the eighth inning of Monday night’s game, a particularly enthusiastic fan, clad in a bear costume, jumped onto the canopy of the Cardinals’ dugout and attempted to rally the team to add on an insurance run or two. The dancing bear electrified nearby fans, who likely believed that the costumed character was part of the stadium’s planned entertainment. There was just one problem—the Dodgers don’t have an official mascot.
After about 20 seconds of unrestrained dancing, towel-waving and several splits, Dodger Stadium security pulled the Rally Bear off the Cardinals’ dugout and escorted him out of the crowd. Still, his antics seem to have paid off—the Dodgers picked up an additional run in the inning and won the game 3-0.
The Dodgers Bear may have waited until the eighth inning to make his national debut, but the costumed fan was spotted in the crowd throughout Monday night’s game. Deadspin compiled several photos and videos of the dancing bear’s antics throughout Game 3, which can be viewed here.
Sadly, Dodgers fans probably shouldn’t expect to see the dancing bear again during the NCLS; Deadspin notes that Rally Bear was likely banned from Dodger Stadium for his unsolicited dugout dancing. Still, if the Dodgers manage to come back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Cardinals, the dancing bear will have played an undeniable role in their turnaround. We salute you, Rally Bear.