I'm not crying, you're crying. Greg Wilfahrt, the man behind the face of the famous "T.C. the Bear" mascot parted with the Twins after 20 years of service.
For those of you who went to Twins games as a young kid, T.C. was main attraction at Twins games. He was a good face for the kids, as well as the drunk adults. He was great at keeping the mood positive after Kyle Gibson just gave up a 3 run shot in the top of the 2nd.
Looking back at it I felt like the luckiest kid in the world when I would get a high five from him.... Now adult me can't stop thinking about the sheer amount of germs that lies on those furry hands form the million high fives he gives in a single night (wash your hands kids).
And the best part of all was that he was a patient, friendly mascot. He didn't have to be like that. I give mascots a lot of credit for their job. They are basically a screaming child magnet that has to have above average athleticism while being visually impaired in a heavy sweaty suit for 81 home games a year. That takes a lot of patience. Whenever I see a mascot lose their cool and blow up, I totally see why.
I think I speak for every kid who grew up going to Twins games when I say thank you Greg Wilfahrt. Whoever the next T.C. is, you have some big shoes to fill, literally.