Who knows about the ball pigs in Minnesota? Anyone? I know, I didn’t know either.
Every year, the St, Paul Saints hire a pig to bring the baseballs to the umpire between innings. It’s one of their many unique marketing antics that have made this independent baseball club famous used over the years. The pig they choose starts out as a little piglet and by the end of the season it’s a full-sized hog! And traditionally, at the beginning of the season, a contest is held for on lucky fans to pick a name for that year’s ball pig. Normally it’s a witty pun on a current pop culture icon. That’s kinda cool, right?
The team and I were sitting around during the off-season chatting about art ideas. And though home of the St. Paul Saints, CHS Field in St. Paul, is state-of-the-art and amazing, the ballpark is only 2 years old and doesn’t have the fondness that older ballparks would have. So in a brilliant a-ha moment (I find most marketing guys have these) they said, “how about the pigs?”. And so here you go. From his mouth, to my brain, to my arm (with the help of about 15 Sharpie markers) I present to you illustrated portraits of all 25 ball pigs of the St. Paul Saints!