Baseball team names 'ball pig' mascot 'Alternative Fats'
UPI News Service, 05/18/2017
A minor league baseball team in Minnesota used the name of its "ball pig" mascot to lampoon the current political landscape.
The St. Paul Saints unveiled the name of their newest ball pig "Alternative Fats" during a Facebook Live stream that included a video parody of Counselor to the President Kellyane Conway's interview on NBC's Meet the Press in which she coined the term "alternative facts."
"You wanted the name of our 2017 Ball Pig, and we're giving you Alternative Fats," the team wrote alongside a photo of the pig.
The team said it received a record number of entries in its "Name the Pig Contest" including references to the state of Minnesota or the team's 25-year history as well as gag suggestions such as "Piggy McPig Face."
Sean Aronson, director of media relations/broadcast for the saints said they also received an overwhelming amount of politically-themed names such as "Boar'd of Trump," "Ham Jong Un" and "Pigimir Putin."
"Everybody had politics on their mind," Aronson told told the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.
He also assured the name was "not a direct shot at anybody."
Alternative Fats will carry on a decade long tradition by the team, which has accepted a mascot from pig trainers Dennis and Marilyn Hauth since 1993.
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