No, not another Joe Blanton thread, rather, one dedicated to our good friend Stomper.
Our old friend has been with the organization since 1997, more after the Jump.
The following is from Stomper's page on the A's Kids site:
Stomper's Bio Name: Stomper Height: 6’ 6" Weight: A ton of fun! Debut: April 2, 1997 (Opening Night!) Position: Official A's Mascot Dances: Yes! Parents: Stella & Stanley Hometown: Oakland
Stomper's Favorites Team: Oakland A’s A’s Player: All of them! Vehicle: The Smiling Chevron Car Colors: Green & Gold Food: Peanuts Vacation Spot: Phoenix, Arizona Hangout: Stomper Fun Zone (weekends)
Our friend finished 7th in a bleacherreport power ranking of the mascots, and while he did finish above Lou Seal and the likes of the rally monkey, Mariner Moose, and Rangers Captain, I do not believe that this ranking does him justice. He will always be #1 in my heart.
We can thank the Giants for the birth of our Elephan-tastic mascot, as it was New York Giants manager John McGraw who in 1902 refereed to the team as the "white elephants" after the team's first group of owners, led by Benjamin Shibe, bought the team, and from that day the mascot stuck. Former A's manager and part-owner Connie Mack then made the elephant the team's official mascot.
The elephant has appeared off and on throughout the A's history in Philadelphia, Kansas City, and Oakland, and the logo has been present on the team's jerseys since 1988.
Since Stomper's inception in 1997, the A's have a 653-481 at home, good for a tidy win percentage of 58%.
So folks, next time youre at a game, remember to go pea-nuts when our hefty friend stomps onto the field.