Hartford Yard Goats mascot pushed over, police investigating

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Police in Hartford are investigating after Chompers, the mascot for minor league baseball’s Hartford Yard Goats, was knocked down after leaving an event in the city.

Jeff Dooley, the team’s director of broadcasting and media relations, says a prankster ran over Chompers Wednesday night after the mascot was leaving the Connecticut Science Center.

The Yard Goats and Hartford police confirmed that the incident occurred in Hartford’s Main Street area, not in New Hampshire where the team was playing.

Dooley says a car drove by the mascot, stopped and someone ran out and pushed him down. The man inside the suit, who wasn’t identified, wasn’t injured.

Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley says he wouldn’t characterize the incident as an attack, but police are still looking into the matter.

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