Thursday, April 03, 2008

A Miner Day, a (somewhat) major trade

Just a couple of notes as The Dugout prepares for opening day festivities.

Congratulations to the Southern Illinois Miners. Their logo won CNBC’s online NCAA basketball tournament-style play off, defeating the Wichita Wingnuts with 55 percent of the final votes.

Also wanted to give props to the Everett AquaSox, who issued a press release on Tuesday alerting the media that they had traded their mascot to Tri-City in an even-up swap. Of course, the date on top of the release was April 1. Good to see some people having a little fun.

Here is the entire release:

AQUASOX TRADE MASCOT “WEBBLY”
Everett’s favorite frog to join Tri-City Dust Devils

Everett, WA - The Everett AquaSox Baseball Club has announced today that its principal mascot, Webbly, has been traded to the Tri-City Dust Devils of the Northwest League in exchange for their mascot, Dusty the Dust Devil.

During baseball’s annual Winter Meetings in December, the AquaSox re-signed the team’s other two mascots, Frank and Popfly, each to a one-year extension, to keep them both in Everett through the 2008 season.

The AquaSox felt that it was important to keep all three mascots in Everett indefinitely, especially with the 2008 season being the 25th anniversary of Minor League Baseball™ in Everett, but could not come to an agreement with Webbly.

Webbly’s existing contract with the AquaSox was set to expire at the end of the 2008 season. The 12-year veteran frog made it known through his agent that he hoped to re-structure and extend his agreement in order to avoid a potential hold-out.

“Webbly has been an integral part of the success of the AquaSox and we wish him the best in Pasco,” said AquaSox General Manager Brian Sloan, “however, we must look to the future. I am confident that Dusty will be a positive addition to our staff and I believe that a Dust Devil, a Hot Dog and a Puppet can coexist on the same team and continue to entertain AquaSox fans for the next 25 years.”

Dusty first blew into the Tri-Cities in 2001 and has spent the past 7 seasons entertaining fans as the mascot for the Colorado Rockies Class A Affiliate.

Webbly, who is a cross between a Pacific Tree Frog and a Central American Red-Eyed Tree Frog, had been with the AquaSox since the 1997 season.
The Northwest League season begins June 17.

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