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Carolina Life: Big fish, little fish

Columbia Blowfish mascot Blowie, left, and unofficial mascot Little Blowie, played by Whit Rucker, 4, rest after dancing to "Jump On It" in the seventh inning of the Blowfish game Wednesday, June 18, at Capital City Stadium.  Rucker's mother made the uniform for him after he began dancing in the stands, mimicking Blowie's dances on the field.
Columbia Blowfish mascot Blowie, left, and unofficial mascot Little Blowie, played by Whit Rucker, 4, rest after dancing to "Jump On It" in the seventh inning of the Blowfish game Wednesday, June 18, at Capital City Stadium. Rucker's mother made the uniform for him after he began dancing in the stands, mimicking Blowie's dances on the field.

All kids have their heroes. For 4-year-old Whit Rucker of Lexington, that hero is Blowie, the mascot for the Columbia Blowfish baseball team.

“He’s been Little Blowie for two years,” said Stacia Rucker, Whit’s mother.

“He just started in the stands, dancing. Then, we made a costume one day.”

Whit quickly found himself on the field, Blowie’s unofficial sidekick, concluding each night by dancing to “Jump On It” in the seventh inning.

The dance often is tiring, with the pair collapsing afterward in Bullpen Alley.

As for Blowie, he enjoys having the little guy to mentor.

“(Blowie) loves going out there dancing with Whit,” said Blowie’s “best friend” Jonathan Carey. “Whit is a lot of fun.”

Asked if he likes to dance, Whit replies, “Just with Blowie. He’s my friend.”

— Jeff Blake, jblake@thestate.com

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