Photo of the Anchorman Race at Petco Park during a San Diego Padres home game.

Image Credit: Pam Tobie 

Major League Baseball is no stranger to mascot races held in between innings of games. The Washington Nationals host the Presidential races. The Milwaukee Brewers host the sausage races. The Atlanta Braves allow a lucky fan to race “The Freeze”. The San Diego Padres have debuted the “Anchorman Race” at Petco Park. As you know, 'Anchorman' was a 2004 comedy starring Will Ferrell as a quirky San Diego newsman named Ron Burgundy. An 'Anchorman' sequel was released in 2013.

The race also includes the other three members of the fictional channel 4 news team and takes place on the warning track in the outfield. Ron Burgundy won the inaugural Anchorman race at Petco Park which took place on March 29, 2019 when the Padres hosted the San Francisco Giants. According to the San Diego Padres, the "Anchorman races" will take place for most weekend games and other special games like Opening Day and playoff games.

Look for other Major League Baseball teams to adopt similar races if they haven’t already. What are some mascot races we could potentially see at Major League Baseball stadiums in the future? The rally monkey race at Angel Stadium of Anaheim? The Miami Vice/Ace Ventura race at Marlins Park? The cowboy races at Globe Life Park in Arlington?


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