Birth Announcements

A little-known fact is that mascots are delivered via prehistoric stork, who gingerly deposit the fledgling costumed characters on the pitcher’s mound before returning to their molten subterranean lairs. In the last 24 hours, TWO such deliveries occurred.

In Eugene, the Emeralds unveiled Sluggo. Say hello to the world, Sluggo:

sluggo.jpg

The Emeralds put out a press release that details Slugger’s origins, and I wish I had read it before writing a bunch of stuff about prehistoric storks. Here’s how it begins:

Once upon a time, in the thick trees of Spencer Butte, a furry creature
was born. After finding an abandoned pair of binoculars, the little
ball of fur found himself intrigued by something happening in the city
sprawled below him-baseball.

But not just any baseball-Emeralds Baseball.

Click HERE to read the rest (spoiler alert: it ends happily).

Meanwhile, down in Richmond, another mascot came into existence. This guy:

Richmond -- Nutzy actual front.JPG

Richmond -- Nutzy front.JPG

Here’s how it went down:

The Flying Squirrels introduced Nutzy to Richmond during a dramatic
curtain-raising, complete with fog and light effects. The boisterous
mascot then raced into the crowd and began entertaining the audience
after being showered in confetti.

Here are a few photos I hi-jacked from the team’s Facebook page. As you can see, the event also featured the unveiling of the team’s 2010 uniforms. 

nutzy.jpg

squirrels uni.jpg

Meanwhile, in business news of a more straightforward variety: The Myrtle Beach Pelicans have hired Scott Brown as their new GM. Brown, who had served as Binghamton Mets GM since 2005, replaces North Johnson.

As you may recall, Johnson is now the GM of the Gwinnett Braves. Replacing Brown in Binghamton is Jim Weed, who spent the last five seasons as assistant GM.

Got all that? There will be a test tomorrow. And by “test” I of course mean “no mention at all whatsoever”.

benjamin.hill@mlb.com
twitter.com/bensbiz

2 Comments

Wow. I have to admit that my new glasses prescription needed further adjustment after seeing Sluggo’s fur color. That is some shade of lime green! I hope it works out for the Em’s this season!

Thanks, Ben!

http://heirloom.mlblogs.com

These two mascots continue to reinforce my preference for “neutral-faced” mascots. Being stuck with a permanent grin or grimace gives the poor mascot no opportunity to change his mood.

My favorite neutral-faced mascot? Who else, but the Phillie Phanatic.

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