The head of Florida Marlins mascot Billy the Marlin, missing since a parachute mishap on opening day, resurfaced Sunday at Pro Player Stadium.
Victor Rowe and Mike Zinniger were driving on the Florida Turnpike a few miles from the stadium Saturday when they spotted the five-pound head on a retaining wall."We skidded to a halt," Rowe said. "Smoke was coming from the tires."
The head was returned to the Marlins before Sunday's game against the Colorado Rockies. It had been missing since it blew off the head of a Navy SEAL parachuting into the stadium on opening day April 1.
Billy was able to continue his mascot duties the past two months because he has a spare head.
Rowe theorized that children found the missing head in a field and left it on the retaining wall. The mascot survived the fall in good shape aside from a scratch on the neck.
"I'll be able to sleep at night knowing Billy has been returned," Marlins president Don Smiley said.
The team rewarded Rowe and Zinniger with season tickets.