The Highest Honor, Saints Four-Legged Pig Mascot "Little Red Porkette"ST. PAUL, MN May 18, 2016
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.
The Saints revealed the name at the World’s Largest Game of Catch Wednesday in downtown St. Paul. The name was selected out of a record 4,000 entries in the Name the Pig Contest presented by the Star Tribune at startribune.com. Many of the names submitted were in honor of Minnesota’s own, Prince. Three other names that stood out were Raspiggy Beret, Paisley Pork and the Mascot Formerly Known as Swine.
While the choice of Little Red Porkette tied in nicely with the ode to a Minnesota icon there were a number of formidable challengers for the 2016 name of the pig. It barely squeaked out a victory over pop star Squealena Gomez, home run sensation Boartolo Coloink and one of the most belted out songs of 2016, Hello From the Other Swine.
During the previous 23 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 honored their new Lowertown home with Pablo Pigasso. 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 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.
The Saints will open CHS Field on Thursday evening May 19 at 7:05 p.m. against the Gary SouthShore Railcats.
Saints tickets continue to be a tremendous value. Tickets begin at $5 for berm seating (available only on day of game in person at the box office), $6 for bleacher seats, $12 for the drink rail, $14 for outfield reserved, $16 for infield reserved and $18 for home plate reserved. Friday Home Games with Post-Game Fireworks are an additional $2 per ticket. The American Association All-Star Game on Tuesday, August 2 with Post-Game Fireworks Supershow and Post-Game Fireworks Supershows (May 29, July 4 and September 4) 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.
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.