ST. PAUL, Minn. - It is now the most beloved pig in all of Minnesota. Meet "Alternative Fats," the St. Paul Saints newest mascot.
The Saints revealed the name on Facebook Live after, they say, a record number of entries were submitted in the "Name the Pig Contest" presented by the Star Tribune. The Saints say many of the submissions took a political undertone. "Boar’d of Trump," "Ham Jong Un" and "Pigimir Putin," to name a few.
Others played on the 25-year history of the franchise and harkened back to 1993 with such names as Snoop Hoggy Hog and Saint XXV. Other wanted to show off their state pride with Mary Tyler Boar and Super Boar LII.
"But in the end 'two plus two equals four, partly cloudy, partly sunny, and a pig is a boar.' That’s Alternative Fats," the Saint wrote.
The winning entry was submitted by Daniel Jones of Northfield, Minnesota.
Since 1993, the Saints have received the pig from Dennis and Marilyn Hauth who handle, train, design costumes and house the pigs.
The Saints open the 2017 season Thursday night against the Gary SouthShore Railcats.