St. Paul Saints pay tribute to Prince with ‘Little Red Porkette’ mascot
The State of Minnesota lost one of its most iconic homegrown talents when Prince suddenly passed away last month. The St. Paul Saints, an independent league baseball team and member of the North Division of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, joined other state sports teams by paying tribute to the beloved musician by naming its pig mascot “Little Red Porkette.”
Ladies and gentlemen your 2016 Saints mascot Little Red Porkette pic.twitter.com/EbpaFCQkuD
— St. Paul Saints (@StPaulSaints) May 18, 2016
Little Red Porkette of course is a play on the Prince classic, “Little Red Corvette.”
More from the Saints, via their official site:
The music, the flamboyance, the entertainment. All three have been used to describe what it’s like to experience a St. Paul Saints game. All three have also been used to describe one of the greatest musicians of all-time, a man who called Minnesota home. It’s only fitting that CHS Field, located just off of Prince St., will wow fans once again with a cool four-legged swine, dressed in his purple jacket and riding into the ballpark in his sweet new ride. The Saints will add a little extra entertainment this season with their new four-legged mascot, “Little Red Porkette.”
Little Red Porkette will make the women swoon and the men want to be him. Countless times the song has been belted out to sold out crowds and the 2016 season will be no different as Little Red Porkette will enter to standing room only crowds on more than one occasion this summer.
Other potential names for the pig mascot — a Saints tradition — also celebrated the life, times and music of Prince. Among the 4,000 entries were Raspiggy Beret, Paisley Pork and the Mascot Formerly Known as Swine.
The Saints have a long history of coming up with clever names for their official swine mascot. Via the Star Tribune:
In 2014 the Saints received the Colboar bump with Stephen Colboar. In 2012 the Saints had two mascots for the first time: Kim Lardashian and Kris Hamphries. Past names have included last season’s Mackleboar, Brat Favre (2010), Slumhog Millionaire (2009), Boarack Ohama (2008), Notorious P.I.G. – Piggy Smalls (2003) and Kevin Bacon (2001).
And Justin Bieboar must not be forgotten, either.
The Saints have become one of the quirkiest baseball teams over the decades, something that’s hardly surprising when the organization boasts Mike Veeck — son of legendary major league owner Bill, who came up with Disco Demolition Night when he owned the Chicago White Sox — and actor Bill Murray among its ownership group.