We've always loved the Oriole Bird—whether he's pretending to chew your hat off or dressing up as an old man for Father's Day—though we admit we're a little biased. But, according to Forbes magazine, a new study found that our hometown mascot is among the 10 most popular in the country.
The Marketing Arm's Davie Brown Index, which is based on a survey of public perception of celebrities, measured mascots' popularity based on: awareness, likeability, attention-getting, photo-friendliness, interaction, and fun. Fans were asked if a mascot happened to be an "absolute favorite" or "one of my favorites."
The Oriole Bird was a newbie on the list and rated as both "trendy" and "traditional." The survey says "the Bird's buzz shot up last year with the Orioles ascent to the playoffs." The Bird appears among old stand-bys like the Phillie Phanatic and San Diego Chicken.