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Thursday, October 14, 2021

The mascot created to be hated

And then there’s what the San Francisco Giants introduced during a bleak 1984 season. With fans not having much reason to show up to Candlestick Park that summer, the team and its copywriters introduced the Crazy Crab, a proto-Gritty crustacean designed to be hated.

“So, I’d done a one man show in San Francisco called ‘The Beast of Shame’ about an evangelist, and I got an agent,” actor, dancer, and vaudeville performer Wayne Doba told me in a recent Zoom call from his current home in Quebec. “Then I got booked in commercials and I got this—the crab commercial—because I can do this little crab walk. They booked me for the crab commercial and it became a big hit.”

Before the Giants play the most important home game in their wildly, unexpectedly successful season on Thursday night against the Dodgers, let’s delve into the most wildly, unexpectedly successful marketing stunt in team history.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 14, 2021 at 10:42 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: October 14, 2021 at 12:50 PM (#6046287)
That was a great read
   2. Mayor Blomberg Posted: October 14, 2021 at 01:40 PM (#6046305)
I remember the Croix, but have no memory of the crab.
   3. DL from MN Posted: October 14, 2021 at 01:52 PM (#6046312)
It is a shame it ended because some insecure baby athlete wanted to bully the guy in the costume.
   4. asinwreck Posted: October 14, 2021 at 03:38 PM (#6046334)
After all these years, this is how I find out that the Crazy Crab was in Scarface.
   5. The Mighty Quintana Posted: October 14, 2021 at 04:08 PM (#6046347)
Who was the Padre who blindsided him? We need a tracer. Seems like something Graig Nettles might do...or, if it was more malicious in nature, then probably Gossage.
   6. The Mighty Quintana Posted: October 14, 2021 at 04:10 PM (#6046348)
The '84 Padres also had two of the all-time hijinks champs in Kurt Bevacqua and Champ Summers, so there is no shortage of suspects.
   7. asinwreck Posted: October 14, 2021 at 04:13 PM (#6046349)
I could see Eric Show tackling a mascot.
   8. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 14, 2021 at 04:17 PM (#6046351)
It is a shame it ended because some insecure baby athlete wanted to bully the guy in the costume.
Yeah, the guy had a great but all too short run of getting nailed by water balloons full of urine.
   9. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: October 14, 2021 at 04:42 PM (#6046362)
It was probably Steve Garvey.
   10. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 14, 2021 at 04:43 PM (#6046364)
I got $100 on Doug Gwosdz.
   11. John DiFool2 Posted: October 14, 2021 at 04:48 PM (#6046365)
After all these years, this is how I find out that the Crazy Crab was in Scarface.


"Say hello to my little friend!"
   12. vortex of dissipation Posted: October 14, 2021 at 04:51 PM (#6046366)
   13. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: October 15, 2021 at 06:59 AM (#6046614)
My go-to Crazy Crab memory is seeing him being chased around the field by a couple of sticks of butter on This Week In Baseball.
   14. Greg Pope Posted: October 15, 2021 at 08:53 AM (#6046623)
actor, dancer, and vaudeville performer Wayne Doba


Vaudeville died in 1932. It seems unlikely that Crazy Crab was a vaudevillian.
   15. greenback used to say live and let live Posted: October 15, 2021 at 10:54 AM (#6046641)
"All of a sudden, golf balls were flying by me and baseballs and water balloons filled with urine. Later, we found out people would go in the bathroom and fill up a water balloon. 'Oh yeah, we're gonna hit the crab!'" Doba said.

WTF is wrong with people?
   16. McCoy Posted: October 15, 2021 at 11:04 AM (#6046644)

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