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BEST (AND MOST WELCOME) RETIREMENT PARTY

Stoney

Stoney, the Charlotte Stone Crabs mascot since 2009, retired suddenly last summer — prompting speculation that the big blue thingamajig (what the heck WAS he?) couldn’t handle the heat. His party was attended by a who’s who of mascotdom, including the Florida Everblades’ Swampee, the Chick-fil-A (actually a dairy) cow and Tampa Bay’s Raymond. Some people who shall remain nameless weren’t too sad to see Stoney go. “My dog hated him,” said Florida Weekly writer Nanci Theoret (oops … did we spill the beans?). “He was a good judge of character.”

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