The Perfect Storm, Saints 2018 Ball Pig, Porknite, Looks to Complete Season Long Mission
ST. PAUL, MN - He was the last pig standing. From the tilted towers of St. Paul, to the dusty divot of Duluth, to the moisty mire of Mankato, to the haunted hills of Hibbing, all the way over to the shifty shafts of Shakopee, the eye of the storm grew smaller and smaller around him. The Saints were looking for the perfect ball pig to represent the organization in 2018. Only one can finish on top in this Battle Royale joining a distinguished list of four-legged swine to entertain Saints fans and deliver baseballs to the home plate umpire. The pig that completed this mission did so with Ninja-like skills. His name...is Porknite.
In the past the Saints have paid top dollar for their ball pigs, they've even had to order in advance. Porknite, however, was the first porker in the team's 26-year history to be downloaded free, albeit in a red pickup truck from River Falls, WI. But he won't be free forever! As the season progresses, it will be important for the Saints to invest in upgrades to Porknite's wardrobe and dance repertoire if they intend to stay competitive. Without wearing the porcine Reaper, or sporting the Leviathon piggy-style, he won't have a chance as the rest of the American Association closes in on him. He'll also need to improve his dance game as he grows into his skin(s). Fans will be looking for Porknite to drop the Floss on Saints opponents or let them know they Took The L after a Saints victory. He is already considered one of the most epic pigs to grace CHS Field, despite the protests from 2017 swine, Alternative Fats. While Porknite will attempt to lead the Saints to a dub each and every game, he hopes he won't need to save the season. He's already told his squad, that in order to avoid the traps of a 100-game season, they will need to use their resources, tools, and all of their weapons. Whether Porknite uses wood, bricks, or steel, it's all about building toward a championship!
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 2,000 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 gamut of current events, popular movies and famous people we lost within the last year. Whether it was an ode to the Royal Wedding, with Meghan Porkle, a tip of the snout to Minnesota filmmakers, Ethan and Joel Coen, honoring the 30th Anniversary of their cult classic film with the Pig Lebowski, or showing reverence for the most well-known theoretical physicist with Stephen Hamking.
The winning entry was submitted by Kevin Cooper from Richfield. Kevin 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 25 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 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 (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.
The 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. start.
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