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The Chattanooga Lookouts have five official mascots, but one unofficial mascot needs no introduction.
In fact, he barely needs clothes, much less a uniform. To Lookouts regulars, Brian Shubert, 32, is simply known as the "blue hat dancer," and if you've been to a game in the past few years, you've probably seen him, too.
No matter the inning or song, if there's music Shubert likes, you'll find him entertaining the crowd with his less-than-polished dance moves and, more than likely, a beer in hand.
"I was just here one day with a couple of friends, got up and started dancing around. Then a lady gave me the hat and I just kept doing it," said Shubert.
That was five years ago. Since then, Shubert has been to countless Lookouts games -- always with his giant blue foam cowboy hat and always shirtless.
He has been recognized around town, had videos uploaded to YouTube with thousands of views and, he hopes, brought laughter to his fellow baseball fans.
"I just like to make them laugh, and if they're laughing, it makes me happy," said Shubert.
After eight years in the military, the former Army cavalry scout and current postal worker started coming to Lookouts games to fulfill his love of sports.
As he talks sports with fellow baseball fans -- everything from Braves baseball to Predators hockey -- the cool evening air fills with the sound of a ball cracking off a wooden bat, a vendor trying to sell peanuts and Cokes, and an umpire calling a runner safe at home plate.
Shubert, a father of two young girls, jokingly holds out hope for a new job as a mascot.
"Being a mascot, it's one of my dream jobs," said Shubert.
Until then, you can find him dancing to the songs that have become old ballpark standards.
"'Dancing with Myself?' I love that song!" Shubert said with a laugh.
Patrick Smith is the videographer for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He is a graduate of Western Kentucky University’s photojournalism program. He has split his time between shooting still photos and video for the newspaper’s website since 2007. A native of Bloomington, Ill., Patrick completed internships with the U.S. Army Public Affairs Office and the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since joining the Times Free Press, Patrick has been honored with several awards, including first place ...