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The Zim Bear: Cute or yikes?

Posted Feb 22, 2012 by Roger Mooney

Updated Feb 22, 2012 at 01:58 PM

ROGER MOONEY
PORT CHARLOTTE
Don Zimmer took a look at the picture of the Zim Bear and had little to say, mainly because he was speechless.

“There it is. What can I say?” he said.

The teddy bear with Zim’s face – one of the more unique items on the Rays 2012 promotional schedule – will be given away June 29 to the first 10,000 fans who attend the Rays-Tigers game at the Trop.

“Wait ‘til the kids see this,” Zimmer said. “You know who’d get a kick out of this? Joe Torre would get a kick out of this.”

Moments earlier, Joe Maddon saw a picture of the Zim Bear and had this to say: “It’s very complimentary. It’s Zim. It’s cuddly. It’s warm. It’s cute. It’s something you definitely don’t want to take to bed with you. I don’t want my 2-year-old putting that in the crib. That could be life-altering right there. I think it’s more appropriate on a grownup’s desk than in the crib.”

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