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Saints to Induct Three Deserving Pigs into "Monument Pork"

March 14, 2018 - American Association (AA) - St. Paul Saints News Release

ST. PAUL, MN - The New York Yankees have Monument Park. The St. Paul Saints will now have Monument Pork. In an ode to one of the most iconic live mascots in all of baseball the organization is honoring three of the most deserving four-legged swines in franchise history. In addition to the unveiling of this special area, the Saints are giving away a unique triple bobblehead commemorating the three little pigs.

On Tuesday, May 22 The Saint (1993), Notorious P.I.G. a.k.a. Piggy Smalls (2003) and Little Red Porkette (2016) will receive the inaugural honors of having their memories live on forever with the first ever plaques placed in Monument Pork. The Monument will be built adjacent to The Gallery, which is located behind home plate on the concourse. Each pig will receive its own plaque with its name, a description of their time with the Saints, and the year in which they were the mascot. Above the plaque will be a circle in Saints colors with the bronzed likeness of the swine.

To commemorate the event the first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a one-of-a-kind triple bobblehead featuring all three pigs. The three heads will appear on individual pillars, like those of Greek God statues, with their names and the year they served as the Saints mascot on the bottom of their pillar.

The three pigs were chosen for various reasons. The Saint served as the first ever live pig mascot for the Saints during their inaugural 1993 season. He was actually brought back in 1994, but retired after his very first game of the season. Notorious P.I.G. a.k.a. Piggy Smalls paid tribute to the late Notorious B.I.G. a.k.a Biggie Smalls. The Notorious P.I.G. was the second musical pig (Hammy Davis Jr. in 2000), and first rapper the Saints ever honored. Little Red Porkette was perhaps one of the most popular pig choices in Saints history. After the untimely passing of Prince, the Saints and their fans felt this was the best way to honor one of Minnesota's own. Little Red Porkette would often wear a purple ruffled shirt in honor of the eccentric dress of Prince.

Each season the Saints have a Name the Pig Contest that receives thousands of entries. That list is narrowed down to the finalists and the Saints staff votes on the top name. During the 25-year history of the Saints, the organization has honored the hot topic of the year, current events, or local celebrities.

The tradition of inducting worthy pigs into Monument Pork will continue in future years.

A pre-game ceremony will take place prior to the 7:05 p.m. game against the Chicago Dogs on Tuesday, May 22.

Saints tickets continue to be a tremendous value. Tickets begin at $5 for the Treasure Island berm seating (available only on day of game in person at the box office), $6 for SPLASH Zone 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 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.

Beginning March 17, 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 2018 season on the road against the Gary SouthShore Railcats on Friday, May 18. The home opener is on Monday, May 21 with a 3:05p.m. game against the newest team in the league, the Chicago Dogs. For more information contact the Saints at 651-644-6659 or visit saintsbaseball.com.


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