Fans may be surprised to learn the Marlins mascot, Billy the Marlin, also has a new look. And by "new look," we mean "sleeping was fun while it lasted."
We were totally unprepared for this, Derek Jeter. You've shaken us to our core.
The new Billy the Marlin — equal parts terrifying and puzzling — had people talking last week. The team brought out something even crazier than the dolphin-headed human the Dolphins trot out every week. That is truly a remarkable feat.
In a way, we suppose that's good for business. While the Marlins are under construction and people are learning the names of all these new players the team has acquired in recent trades, you want the fans stimulated.
Welcome to the Miami Marlins 2019 season, I guess. We're oddly here for it.
Billy the Marlin has lost some weight pic.twitter.com/HOh9KFnBlG— Igor Mello (@SuperIgor) February 10, 2019
Congrats to the Marlins for unleashing a Times Square knock-off version of Billy the Marlin. pic.twitter.com/e6zT4qw8nZ— Matt Brodsky (@MattSBrodsky) February 10, 2019
Girls had a blast @Marlins #fanfest yesterday, they loved @BillyTheMarlin I on the other hand did not lol!!!! #OurColores pic.twitter.com/p9q9hLvRdA— Javier Marinas (@EJJMARINAS) February 10, 2019
But in their attempt to make Billy more fan friendly, the Marlins have unwittingly created one of the creepiest mascots in all of sport. The lovable, overweight, joyful fish has been replaced by what can only be described as a trying-too-hard-definitely-up-to-something mascot.
Some have described the new look as just old Billy the Marlin after a winter on the keto diet. Others have compared him to a knockoff figure you might find in the Dollar Tree toy section.
As some have pointed out on Twitter, though, when the Marlins debuted in 1993, Billy rocked an even worse look. It was as if they put a guy inside an actual dead Marlin every game.
Lost in all this Billy the Marlin outrage: I had no clue this is what he looked like in the 1993 inaugural season pic.twitter.com/22DrBRPE9m— Igor Mello (@SuperIgor) February 11, 2019
So there you have it — the Marlins killed old fun-loving Billy the Marlin and replaced him with some new dude we aren't trusting just yet. On the bright side, though, it could have been so much worse. Think 1993.