The Richmond Flying Squirrels (Class AA; Eastern League) are high on the hog after unveiling the team’s new Rally Pig and the winner of the Pig Pickin’ Contest at the club’s inaugural Fan Fest today, as team Vice President and COO Todd “Parney” Parnell triumphantly hoists “Piggy 3” after chasing three of the four contests around a small, wire pig pen set up outside The Diamond.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have a real live pig here at the ballpark,” said Parnell, outfitted in jeans and cowboy boots. “The smiles and attention all of the piglets got from our fans today is a good indicator of how popular he is going to be.”
The four piglets came from Broken Road Farm in Amelia Courthouse, Va.
Of course, the next step is a Pig Namin’ Contest which will also be held in conjunction with the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Beginning Thursday, March 10, fans are encouraged to visit TimesDispatch.com, search “Contests” and enter a name for the Rally Pig. The Flying Squirrels will select five finalists for the name of the Rally Pig, and the five finalists will be announced on Saturday, March 19. Deadline to submit a name in the Pig Namin’ Contest is Wednesday, March 16.
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