Zimmer can't escape Zim Bear mania

Zimmer can't escape Zim Bear mania

Zimmer can't escape Zim Bear mania
ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays senior baseball advisor Don Zimmer has a problem.

Many of his friends and family keep asking if they can get their hands on a Zim Bear, a doll that will be given away as a promotional item for the first 10,000 fans at Friday's game against the Tigers.

"I've got so many people wanting a Zim Bear -- from Joe Torre to people out in California," Zimmer said. "Friends all over the country, my daughter up in New Hampshire -- they all want a Zim Bear."

The doll features the face of Zimmer on the body of a bear wearing a Rays baseball cap and jersey. As for the appearance of it, Zimmer joked saying, "It's all right."

"That's what it is," Zimmer said. "You can't change spots on a leopard."

Manager Joe Maddon had high praise for the doll and its look, but he would change one thing about it.

"Zim has lost a couple pounds," Maddon said. "This bear may not be anatomically correct anymore, because Zim is actually looking really good these days."