ST. PETERSBURG — A Massachusetts man was arrested Tuesday after police said he grabbed Raymond, the Tampa Bay Rays' fuzzy blue mascot.
Trevor James Martin, who lives in a Boston suburb, was drinking beer as the Rays played the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg police said.
Martin, 27, reached across the stadium's railing and twice grabbed Raymond by the neck, officers said. Martin was staggering, slurring his words and smelled of alcohol, according to an arrest affidavit. Raymond pushed back and broke free, police said.
Martin, who told officers he drank two beers during the game, faces a misdemeanor charge of disorderly intoxication. The "victim within the mascot suit" declined to press battery charges, police said. Martin was released from Pinellas County Jail early Wednesday on $100 bail.