#22 swinging friar San diego padres
Power Ranking: #22
Team: San Diego Padres
Mascot Name: Swing Friar
The Padres welcomed the Swinging Friar in 1958 and has one of the longest tenure with any Major League Baseball club. The Friar has been with the Padres since they were still considered a Minor League Baseball team. The team made a Friar as the mascot in memory to the Franciscan Friar who found the Mission of San Diego. When the team was called up to the Majors, the organization decided to keep the popular mascot and give him a more friendly make over. In 1966, the Padres made it official by creating a swinging Friar patch on the sleeve of every alternative uniform.
Another weird fact about the Pods mascot has to be for a long time the mascot was played by a real person dressed as a Friar. It was not until recently where the Padres have made the move to a more cartoon like mascot. In present time, the cartoony fun loving Friar roams Petco Park and greet guest and takes photos with young fans. Although this mascot has the rich history, it is a odd and misunderstood mascot.