How would you like to join the Houston Astros as they defend their World Series crown?
I know, right? Put me in coach: centerfield, batting cleanup, pitching ace …
No. Sorry, it’s more of a motivational/support role. You know the mascot? Well, you can’t be him either. But you can be the person who holds his stuff.
Chances are, there’s plenty of Astros fans who would jump at the chance to be the assistant to Orbit. The Houston team is currently advertising for the position and the Houston Chronicle has confirmed it is still a current listing.
“Mascot handler” is a part-time job with Major League responsibilities, including accompanying Orbit and serving as his “eyes, ears and voice” while assisting with pictures and autographs. You’ll get to help execute on-field skits and routines, but you’ll be tasked with “awareness of … potential hazards,” so if Orbit takes an unplanned fall, you’ll probably be fired.
Furthermore, the Astros are seeking “incredible interpersonal communication skills” and say strong improvisation skills are “a plus.”
Predictably, you’d be required to work nights and weekends and you’ll need “basic knowledge of Major League Baseball.” So if you get an interview, don’t ask if you get a break at halftime.