For more than a quarter century the St. Paul Saints have named a pig mascot every season, and this season's mascot now has a name.
In 2016 the Saints page homage to Prince, naming their pig mascot Little Red Porkette. Last season, it was a play on politics with Alternative Fats. This year, it's a reflection of the wildly popular video game, Fortnite.
Without further ado, this is how the Saints introduced 2018 mascot, Porknite.
"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."
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