Baby T. Rex takes on Chihuahuas at Rainiers game

Tacoma News TribuneApril 9, 2014 

The baby T. Rex from "Walking with Dinosaurs" thrills a crowd in this file photo.


Hold on to your Chihuahuas.

A baby T. Rex will be appearing at tonight’s Rainiers game at Cheney Stadium when they take on the canine-named team from El Paso.

Tuesday’s game was cancelled due to weather. The T-Rex, meanwhile, has been waiting 65 million years to walk the grassy plains of Tacoma. Now that’s a rain delay.

It’s not a real dino, of course. Despite what you saw in “Jurassic Park” those have been extinct for a very long time. This human-operated puppet on steroids is a preview of “Walking With Dinosaurs -  The Arena Spectacular” coming to the Tacoma Dome in December.

Tonight’s T. Rex is one of the 15 life-sized dinosaurs from the show which is based on the award winning BBC television series. It will play the Dome Dec. 17-21.

The show has already been seen by over 8 million people in 217 cities, including in Tacoma where it opened in July 2007.

Let’s hope the reptile doesn’t gobble up any small, taco-loving, baseball-playing dogs. The Chihuahuas are the latest incarnation of the San Diego Padres’ Triple-A affiliate that had played as the Portland Beavers before spending the past three seasons as the Tucson Padres.

Baby T. Rex at Tacoma Rainiers game
When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Cheney Stadium, 2502 S. Tyler Street, Tacoma
Cost: Admission to Rainiers game

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