The Fresno Grizzlies are taking the term "ring bearer" to a whole new level.
Parker T. Bear, the furry mascot for the Houston Astros' triple-A affiliate, has become an ordained minister and will be available to perform in-ballpark weddings starting Thursday, when the team hosts a promotion called "My Big Fat Fresno Wedding Show" during its game against the Oklahoma City Dodgers.
According to a press release issued by the team, "Parker will legit marry anyone" during the game and will also officiate vow renewals for already-married couples. The cost is $20, which includes two tickets, and all the team asks is that prospective couples understand that this is an actual, legal ceremony and arrive with a marriage license in hand.
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Parker now an ordained minister & will perform official marriages at game Thurs. 2 for $20 tix w/ marriage license! pic.twitter.com/sRkhpOd02x— Fresno Grizzlies (@FresnoGrizzlies) May 24, 2016
Combine that with the team's regular Tecate Thursday beer special (24-ounce Tecate and Tecate Light cans for $2!) and a Brady Rodgers-Julio Urias pitching matchup and you've got yourself quite the deal on the ceremony, reception and entertainment -- if you don't mind being married by a man in a sweaty bear costume, that is.
"People get married without a big wedding all the time, we're just providing the most colorful backdrop for it," Grizzlies marketing director Sam Hanson said in a statement. "Getting hitched by Parker at a Grizzlies game will be a memory that lasts a lifetime."