Giants mascot Lou Seal cool under pressure

The City’s favorite booty-shakin’ seal has a jam-packed schedule this week as his beloved San Francisco Giants take the field in the postseason. Born in 1996, Luigi Francisco Seal — or Lou Seal as fans know him — currently lives under the Lefty O’Doul Bridge in The City’s China Basin district. When not sprinting across the field inspiring fans or hanging in the dugout doing his special handshake with friend Pablo Sandoval, Lou Seal enjoys relaxing at Pier 39, snacking on mackerel and watching ESPN. The Examiner caught up with Lou Seal to chat about the pressure of the playoffs, steroids and pregame rituals.

So Lou, we love your moves. Anything new planned for the playoffs? Actually, I am a big fan of not messing up anything when things are working. I don’t like to go out of routine. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. I’m going to stick to the basics and keep up a whole lot of enthusiasm and just inspire the team and the fans.
 
Are you feeling more pressure now that you’re in the postseason? Honestly, no. The real pressure was during the regular season and not knowing whether we would make the playoffs. Those were all of the what-if scenarios. It seems like everyone is a lot more relaxed right now. We’re in the playoffs, we’re the Division Champions and we’re going to have a lot of fun in the playoffs.

What is your pregame routine? If we’re winning I stick with the same routine. The last home game I ordered food from Pete’s Tavern across the street and we won the game. I just called and ordered the same food and brought it back. I then lay out my outfit, shirts, hats and some backup gear just in case I need it. I eat lots of pasta. Sometimes it’s a burger. But it’s always something hearty and it has to be at least two hours before the game so it has time to settle.

Then what’s next?
Usually for pregame I go out and greet the fans, do my hellos and then go get ready while Renel Brooks [announces] the starting line-up. Then I get behind the team with all the enthusiasm I can muster up and get the team and crowd as excited as I can.

Are you friends with any of the other team mascots?
We’re all friends, like a Furrturnity. We’re all the goodwill ambassadors to our team. We all meet up at the All-Star Game every year which is at midseason and there isn’t a lot of pressure yet. Seven of the eight teams in the postseason have mascots and we’re all really excited right now, so there’s a lot of tension and we’re talking trash back and forth via e-mail.

E-mail! Isn’t it hard to type with flippers? [The Giants] gave me a bigger keyboard for me to e-mail with flippers.

How do you stay fit?
The job keeps me fit. I’m not limited to the games and postseason. I do close to 200 appearances outside throughout the Bay Area at different events, functions throughout the year.

Do you have a favorite player? Pablo [Sandoval] and I have a special handshake. We have a complete, solid team and we really respect each other deeply.

Now I’ve got to ask, with such a demanding job have you ever considered steroids? No way to steroids. Absolutely not.

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