When Team Israel at the 2017 World Baseball Classic 's outfielder Cody Decker brought the team's mascot, "Mensch on the Bench", a five-foot-tall stuffed toy that looks a bit like a rabbi or Hasidic Jew, with him to Asia from the United States for the WBC, Decker said, "He’s a mascot, he’s a friend, he’s a teammate, he’s a borderline deity to our team.... He brings a lot to the table.... Every team needs their Jobu . He was ours. He had his own locker, and we even gave him offerings: Manischewitz , gelt , and gefilte fish ... He is everywhere and nowhere all at once. His actual location is irrelevant because he exists in higher metaphysical planes. But he’s always near."    
The first large, diverse lineage of short-tailed avialans to evolve were the enantiornithes , or "opposite birds", so named because the construction of their shoulder bones was in reverse to that of modern birds. Enantiornithes occupied a wide array of ecological niches, from sand-probing shorebirds and fish-eaters to tree-dwelling forms and seed-eaters. While they were the dominant group of avialans during the Cretaceous period, enantiornithes became extinct along with many other dinosaur groups at the end of the Mesozoic era.