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Saints Choose Ball Pig to Sit Atop Throne in 2019: Daenerys Hoggaryen

May 15, 2019 - American Association (AA) - St. Paul Saints News Release

. PAUL, MN - It started hamlessly enough with hundreds of pigs grouped together. As is the case, however, when unfamiliar swine are placed in a central location dominance must be established. That's when things got nasty. The battle was waged on the frozen tundra of the north. Alliances were formed, slop was thrown, back-biting ensued, and wars waged. Battles raged for days, if not weeks. Aggression led to skin lesions, blood drawn, and oftentimes the early demise of those no one expected. In the end, one pig defeated all others to claim the throne as the 2019 St. Paul Saints ball pig: Daenerys Hoggaryen.

She is familiar to many as Daenerys Porkborn of House Hoggaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of the Hamdals and the First Swine, Protector of the Seven Troughs, the Mother of Pigs, the Khalgreasy of the Great Grass Field, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Leashes, but shall be known around CHS Field as Daenerys Hoggaryen. She ascended to the Iron Throne by bludgeoning the BOARatheon Dynasty and then defeating Cersei the SWINESS of the House LOINister. Twas not easy to take down many other formidable opponents as many pigs and hogs wanted to be ruler of the baseballs and roam the fertile grounds of CHS Field. Hoggaryen entered into an alliance with Jon SOW, so much so that Daenerys put her quest for the throne on hold in order to fight in the Great BACON War. Both were helped throughout the quest by HAMwell Tarly (known to some as Ser Piggy, Lady Piggy and Lord of Ham). While many of these four-legged Sus genus' battled amongst each other, the once thought mythical creature, The West French White Walkers, wreaked havoc on all that got in their way. However, it was Arya PORK that eventually killed off the grand hog of the White Walkers. In the end, Hoggaryen used her flying piglet to take down Cersei LOINister and claim the 2019 Saints ball pig throne...for now.

The Saints revealed the name of the pig at their annual World's Largest Game of Catch in Lowertown Saint Paul. The name was selected from more than 5,500 entries in the Name the Pig Contest presented by the Star Tribune at startribune.com. The submission of names were extremely creative and ran the athletes, historical figures, famous people and social media. Whether it was an ode to the Saints history with Roy HAMpanella, or those than donned Major League uniforms like Pig Sexy, Boartolo Colon, a woman that have served the highest judicial court with Ruth Bader GinsBOARg, a Jenny from the block in Jennifer LoPIG or taking a selfie and letting everyone know on #InstaHAM.

The winning entry was submitted by Ian Ramsay from Uptown in Minneapolis. Ian will receive a $50 Saints gift card, VIP Saints tickets, a photo with the pig and will escort the pig at a game.

During the previous 26 seasons the Saints have had a pig mascot and each has had a unique name. Many of the names play on hot topics of the year, current events or local celebrities. Last season the Saints struck a chord with the younger generation with Porknite. The year before that they tested the political waters with Alternative Fats. In 2016 the Saints honored one of the most iconic artists with Little Red Porkette. During the first season at CHS Field the Saints paid homage to Lowertown artists they went with Pablo Pigasso. In 2014 the Saints received the Colboar bump with Stephen Colboar. The 2012 season saw two mascots for the first time: Kim Lardashian and Kris Hamphries. Past names have included Mackleboar (2014), Brat Favre (2010), Slumhog Millionaire (2009), Boarack Ohama (2008), Notorious P.I.G. - Piggy Smalls (2003) and Kevin Bacon (2001).

When the Saints moved to town in 1992, their sister team in Fort Myers was having great success with a live Golden Retriever mascot and the Saints wanted to capitalize on that success. Libby Veeck, the wife of Saints owner and President Mike Veeck, came across an interesting tidbit in a book she was reading and discovered St. Paul was known as "Pig's Eye" after Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant. Thus, the pig mascot was born.

Since 1993 the Saints have received the pig from Dennis and Marilyn Hauth who handle, train, design costumes and house the pigs.

Saints tickets continue to be a tremendous value. Tickets begin at $5 for the Treasure Island berm seating (limited number available in advance of each game while the remainder will be offered only on game day, in person at the box office), $6 for SPLASH bleacher seats, $14 for outfield reserved, $16 for the drink rail and $18 for infield reserved and home plate reserved. Friday Home Games with Post-Game Fireworks are an additional $2 per ticket. Post-Game Fireworks Supershows (May 27, July 2, July 23 and September 2) are an additional $3 per ticket. Tickets purchased on the day of the game are an additional $2 per ticket. Children under the age of 12 and seniors 65 and older receive $1 off the admission price. Children under 2 that don't require a seat are free.

Saints Box Office hours on non-game days are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. On game days, the Box Office will open at 9 a.m., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and 12:00 p.m. on Sunday and will remain open until 15 minutes following each game. Tickets are always available at saintsbaseball.com.

The Saints open the 2019 season with a 10-game homestand with Opening Day on Thursday, May 16 against the newest team in the American Association, the Milwaukee Milkmen, at 7:05 p.m. For more information contact the Saints at 651-644-6659 or visit saintsbaseball.com.


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