Mascots stage a derby of their own
Twins' T.C. Bear beats Bernie Brewer in Monday's finals
SAN FRANCISCO -- On the morning of the State Farm Home Run Derby, the team mascots were getting fans in the spirit with their own competition at the DHL All-Star FanFest.The Mascot Home Run Derby finals took place on the diamond at FanFest. Mascots were paired with San Francisco Boys & Girls Club children, and the winning mascot's child received two tickets to Monday night's Home Run Derby at the San Francisco Giants' AT&T Park to watch the big leaguers slug it out. The Minnesota Twins' T.C. Bear put on an impressive display in the mascot competition, and now Khalum Chappell, 11, from the Earnest Ingold BGCA clubhouse will be going to the Derby. Chappell said he felt good about his victory and being able to attend the big leaguers' Derby. He was confident about T.C.'s slugging skills throughout the competition. "I was thinking I was going to win the whole time," Chappell said. "T.C. was knocking them out of here." T.C. Bear competed in the finals against the Milwaukee Brewers' Bernie Brewer and the Houston Astros' Junction Jack. Boys & Girls Club members Vivian San, 11, was paired with Bernie Brewer and Damonte Black, 8, was paired with Junction Jack. Chappell and his chaperone, Nate Ford, director of the Earnest Ingold BGCA clubhouse, are looking forward to attending the Derby. That is, if T.C. doesn't snag the second ticket away from Ford in the meantime. When asked who would be going to the Derby, Chappell joked, "Me and T.C."
The mascot competition took place throughout the weekend at FanFest, with eight mascots starting off the preliminary rounds on Friday, competition continuing on Saturday and then three mascots appearing in the finals on Monday morning.T.C. Bear and Bernie Brewer advanced to the last round, where T.C. hit nine home runs to seal the victory over Bernie, who hit six. "[T.C.] can hit home runs all day," Chappell said.
Christie Cowles is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.