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Mascot melee: Angry Boeing worker punches the Mariner Moose

Mascot melee: Angry Boeing worker punches the Mariner Moose
SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners fans have many questions and few answers.

It isn't known exactly how the team has woken up the bats and found home runs in droves. They don't know how Raul Ibanez continues to defy age and reach career highs.

But the question that confuses everyone at Safeco Field is simple: Why did someone punch the Mariner Moose?

The Mariners and Boeing confirm that last Friday the beloved mascot was at a Boeing facility for an event. At some point during what a source called "public safety day," an employee punched the Mariner Moose "in the snout," according to the Mariners.

The mascot -- and anyone associated with the portrayal thereof -- was not injured in the incident, according to the team.

Fans reacted with a mix of confusion and defense for the rare animal.

"Why would someone punch the moose?" asked Kris Bjranason.

Minnesota Twins fan Jamie Anderychowicz noted it is not hunting season for the majestic creature.

"I would never take to violence on the moose," he said.

New Yorker Frank Dipaola was visiting his son Rocky. With a straight face, the elder Dipaola supported the wounded mascot, saying, "Justice must prevail." Then he laughed.

Boeing, however, is taking the matter seriously. A company spokesperson said there is an internal review underway and the employee could face disciplinary action.
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