TC Bear was introduced as the Twins new mascot on April 3, 2000, and that my friends makes today, TC’s 12 birthday. Happy Birthday TC! The TC stands for Twin Cities. A case could be made that TC Bear “bears” some resemblance to the Hamm’s Beer Bear “Sascha”, a mascot that was used in advertisements for Hamm’s Brewery, an early sponsor for the Twins dating back to the early 1960’s. I did a piece a couple of weeks ago about Hamms’s Beer and Sascha that you can check out here. TC used to be an indoor bear but in 2010 he moved outdoors. TC loved his trees that you can make out in the background at Target Field but the players said the trees had to go. Is that anyway for folks in Minnesota to treat a bear?