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The Diamondbacks have introduced a luchador as an official mascot

Jul 18, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

While the Marlins are having a “Legends of Wrestling” night next month, the Diamondbacks are going a step further. They have introduced a luchador as an official team mascot. Seriously.

As the official press release from the team indicates, this is part of an effort to attract the Hispanic community:

The popularity of last year’s Lucha Libre mask, which was later followed by a Lucha Libre match, inspired the creation of the Luchador character and this year the mascot features a new look. In addition, the D-backs will give away 20,000 Luchador masks, courtesy of Circle K and Univision Arizona, as fans enter Chase Field next Saturday, July 27.

The D-backs Luchador speaks both fluent Spanish and English and represents a character that you would find at a Lucha Libre match. The D-backs Luchador wrestles with Club Deportivo Coliseo and can be found revving up the crowd at select D-backs games. Fans can follow the Luchador on Twitter @DbacksLuchador and can find more information about the character at or

This season, the D-backs will give away 20,000 Luchador masks, courtesy of Circle K and Univision Arizona, (July 27) and 5,000 Luchador capes, courtesy of Chevrolet, for kids only (Sept. 15). Last season the team gave away their first D-backs Lucha Libre mask and featured a Lucha Libre match along the Gila River Casinos Plaza prior to the game. In addition, the D-backs will host Hispanic Heritage Day, presented by Budweiser, on Sept. 14 that will feature a Street Festival, presented by APS, and will give away 20,000 Miguel Montero bobbleheads, courtesy of Subway.

Don’t worry, the luchador already took to Twitter to say that he’s not replacing D. Baxter the Bobcat as the team’s mascot. So I guess they are more of a tag team. A gritty tag team, of course.

  1. Craig Calcaterra - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    This is goddamn glorious.

  2. biasedhomer - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Very gritty.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Pretty sure he should be the Astros mascot since they pretend to play a sport also.

    • paperlions - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      I stand by my prediction that the Astros will be better than the Phillies in 2015, and may be better than them in 2014. That may be more of a comment on the Phillies phuture than that of the Astros….but if there was an award for the most improved farm system this year, the Astros would get it.

      • dluxxx - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        I disagree. I think the Twins take the cake on this one.

      • paperlions - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:52 AM

        The Twins system was already good, it is still better than the Astros, but the Astros have improved the most.

      • dluxxx - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:48 AM

        I guess I can see where you’re coming from, but in terms of top tier talent coming into the system in the last year, I think the Twins are arguably more improved. Moving from 25th to 10th or so is commendable, but moving from 15th to top 3 seems a bit more difficult to me. When having 5 of the top 50 prospects (and two top 5) doesn’t make you the best, then there is certianly some tougher competition in the top spots.

      • yahmule - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        Not only has Jeff Luhnow got them headed in the right direction, but he had to clean up after the unbelievably inept Ed Wade.

      • paperlions - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:28 AM

        Yep, I don’t know if most fans realize exactly what a disaster the entire system was….and not just in terms of player talent, but scouting, front office….everything had to be overhauled.

      • yahmule - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:49 AM

        Houston’s draft history prior to 2011 was as bad as anybody. Wade was responsible for the mess from 2007-2010, but the whole decade prior to that was pretty awful, too.

        I will give Wade credit for the getting Singleton and Cosart for Pence. That was his last trade as GM for Houston and unquestionably his best.

      • stex52 - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        I agree especially with your last post, yahmule, but a little expansion here. I don’t want to get into defending Ed Wade, but there are other circumstances that contributed:
        1. For his last few years of tenure, Jerry Hunsicker frequently raided the farm for that mythical player that would get them “over the top.” He hit the jackpot with Beltran, but otherwise, he just stripped the farm.
        2. Tim Purpura was so unbelievably bad as to be beyond further comment.
        3. For reasons less clear, starting about 2001 the scouting system started doing an incredibly bad job of assessing talent. Bad early picks year after year.
        4. Ed Wade came in and tried to clean house. His talent assessment was much better, but his new organization didn’t seem to improve things very much. He also had an owner who didn’t want to spend much but insisted that they maintain a “competitive product” while rebuilding. Good luck with that!

        In fact, most of the top prospects who are making a difference in the minor league system right now came in on Wade’s shift. The Luhnow effect is still two to three years away.

        Don’t get me wrong. I think Wade was in over his head and had hit the wall. But the organizational problems date back to the early part of the decade. Wade is very good at some parts of the game, but he just was not a competent GM.

        It pisses people off when I say this, but the jury is still out on Luhnow. And if he does well before 2016, it will still be due in some part to the things Wade did before he got here.

      • paperlions - Jul 19, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        I agree stex, the jury is still out….but he is aggressively doing what he thinks is right and necessary to turn things around quickly….but this is baseball, you can do everything right and still not get great results…or he could abandon his plan at some point and turn things into a clusterfuck. You are right, you don’t know how he’ll do through time, if he’ll be able to build a strong system AND convert that into MLB wins and make good trades at the MLB level and make smart decisions on FAs.

        I think he’s done fine at this portion of the process….but there are a lot of things he hasn’t even dabbled in yet that are necessary to be a successful GM.

  4. ctony1216 - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Reminds me of some Chinese restaurants I’ve been to that serve BBQ ribs and french fries.

  5. hildezero - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Lol. I love it! Vamos D-backs!!!

  6. qcubed3 - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Well, if this doesn’t work out, there’s an opening for the D-backs Spanish language commentator. But a word of warning Mr. Luchador, few men enter as Dbacks commentators but most leave with a criminal record.

  7. km9000 - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    O, how glorious it would’ve been if he’d been around during the Dodgers fight…

  8. chill1184 - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    This. Is. Awesome!

  9. cur68 - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Whoever gets the most Cuban defectors on their team should totally have a Cuban Assassin Wrestler mascot. I loved that guy when I was a kid and watched WWF: he had a great beard. Mind you, I was like 7 and didn’t know what an Assassin was, much less a Cuban, but hey, don’t be hatin’ on my childhood.

    • nbjays - Jul 19, 2013 at 7:15 AM

      Cuban Assassin pffft!!!

      Randy “The Machoman” Savage all the way, baby. Or Killer Karl Krupp.

  10. thailer35 - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Don’t read HBT much, mostly PHT, but heard about this and had to check it out. The D-Backs just gave me another reason not to go to their games. Last thing I want at a sporting event is to potentially be harassed by a shirtless man in a mask speaking Spanish at me. If I wanted that I’d go to food city.

    • gbrim - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:23 PM

      As a white DBacks fan, let me say I am glad you won’t be going to the games. Please don’t change your mind.

    • newyorkshets - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:02 AM

      that’s just fine you’re ignorant ass can stay home. we’ll enjoy the game and the dbacks. good riddance

      • newyorkshets - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:04 AM

        damn it i meant “your”. I’ll take this opportunity to leave to avoid further embarrassment. Night everyone!

  11. moogro - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Culpability to Dbacks for crimes/heroic deeds done with the masks?

  12. kcroyal - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Was Nacho Libre busy?

  13. anthonyverna - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    I can’t wait for that Phanatic-Luchador commercial for Mastercard.

  14. hcf95688 - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Chief noc-a-homa > D-backs Luchador

  15. unclemosesgreen - Jul 19, 2013 at 5:59 AM

    Soooo… does he travel with the team? Cuz they’re coming to Boston in August and Wally the Green Monster doesn’t want any trouble.

  16. philliesblow - Jul 19, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    Looks like he can kick Aquaman’s ass with no problem.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      Only on about 30% of the earth’s surface.

  17. paperlions - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    He’s no Pollo Loco, but he’ll do, I guess.

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