Never afraid to tap into the zeitgeist, the St. Paul Saints will change their name to the St. Paul Raccoons for a June 26 game against Sioux City on June 26 at CHS Field.
In fact, the team is already calling itself “St. Paul Racoons” on Twitter, with a picture of a raccoon for an avatar, though it’s Twitter handle remains @StPaulSaints.
The changes are meant to honor #MPRraccoon, a young female that scaled UBS Plaza and stole the hearts of Americans near and far Tuesday before being released back into the wild on Wednesday.
The Saints, who finished a six-game homestand with a 7-1 loss to Fargo-Moorhead on Wednesday, will don special St. Paul Raccoon jerseys for 7:05 p.m. first pitch on June 26. The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a special raccoon mask.
Noting the raccoon’s “love of three-lettered buildings,” the Saints will offer the raccoon the key to CHS Field.
On Twitter, they’re calling #MPRraccoon “The hero we never knew we needed.”
The Hero We Never Knew We Needed, Saints To Honor #MPRRaccoon By Changing Their Names To St. Paul Raccoons On June 26 https://t.co/KqX1gIWX05 pic.twitter.com/SdM7Xap2eV
— St. Paul Raccoons (@StPaulSaints) June 13, 2018
“Should the raccoon ever return to the Saint Paul area,” the team said in a statement, “she will have free run of the Saints ballpark, to rummage through the trash, climb up the St. Paul Eye Clinic Batter’s Eye, or just hang out and relax.”
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