ST. LOUIS — How much do people love rookie pitcher Michael Wacha in St. Louis? Enough to go out in public looking like this.
This gentleman — whose Fozzie Bear mask might haunt your dreams — was spotted at a bar and eatery near Busch Stadium on Saturday afternoon, hours before Game 3 of the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox. A game that Michael Wacha isn't even pitching.
The allusion, if you're not up on these things, is to Fozzie Bear's "Wocka, Wocka" catchphrase. Wacha's last name is pronounced the same. The mask though? It looks like a mixture between a scary clown and The Brooklyn Brawler.
Our Fozzy friend should know that he can't wear a mask into an MLB stadium, unless he wishes to be tossed out like the short-lived Los Angeles Dodgers Rally Bear. But maybe he just planned to walk around downtown St. Louis doing a stand-up routine about the Red Sox's beards.
In case you're wondering, you can actually buy the "Wacha Wacha Wacha" shirt for $32 at Busch Stadium souvenir stands, or for a few bucks cheaper at MLB.com. They even throw in an extra "Wacha" for free, apparently.
The rest of this get-up? You're on your own putting that together, friends.
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