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Bacon that prevents anemia?
2006-11-12 19:54
by Bob Timmermann

Starting in 2008, you can head to Allentown, PA and see the Phillies AAA team, which will be called the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

Longer story with what some of the other finalists were. Woodchucks and Phantastics lost out.

2006-11-12 20:16:13
1.   xaphor
Can't fathom how Mr. Ron Steele came up with that one.
2006-11-12 21:08:20
2.   dianagramr

(cue Ozzy)

2006-11-12 22:17:14
3.   Strike4
With that name, it's not likely to be a team built around speed.

It would be ironic for any teammember to test positive for coke.

Okay, okay, I'll adhere to the Carson rule of three.

2006-11-12 22:43:54
4.   EricGagnesGoggles
No ones said anything about Manny Acta becoming the Nationals new coach. And when I say no one I mean you, Bob.

Then again...It just doesn't strike me as anything exciting. The Nationals will stink Frank Robinson or nay...Then again,...Nah!

2006-11-12 23:06:07
5.   Bob Timmermann
Everybody says it's gonna happen with Acta, but I'll wait until it's official but everybody seems to know.

Then again not many people care.

2006-11-12 23:32:27
6.   Philip Michaels
In the '90s, there was this trend among minor league hockey teams of sticking the word "Ice" in front of otherwise ordinary mascot names. So you wound up with teams like the IceDogs, IceCats, and IceGators.

The trend of sticking the word "Iron" in front of team names is infinitely worse.

2006-11-13 00:47:09
7.   Deanna
God, that's a terrible name. And to think, Jim Bunning was too embarrassed to admit he was managing the Mud Hens back in the 70's...
2006-11-13 03:40:24
8.   joejoejoe
For those unfamiliar with the steel industry "pig iron" is a common term. From Wikipedia:

'Pig iron is raw iron, the immediate product of smelting iron ore with coke and limestone in a blast furnace. Pig iron has a very high carbon content, typically 3.5%, which makes it very brittle and not useful directly as a material except for limited applications.'

I like the name but I would prefer 'Iron Pigs' to 'IronPigs' which doesn't seem to follow any rules of grammar and dilutes the proud acknowledgement of Allentown's industrial history.

2006-11-13 03:48:49
9.   joejoejoe
8 Speaking of Coke jokes...

I used to work with a guy from El Salvador and I had visited Central America a few times and had a question for him. I told him how I once got a bottle of soda at a stand and the man asked me if I wanted to drink it there or to go. I said 'to go' and he proceeded to pour the Coke into a plastic baggy, stick a straw into it, and do a quick knot at the top of the bag to fix the straw in place. My buddy told me that in Central America most of the glass bottles are reused and the property of the vendor. That's why you can't leave with the bottle.

So on hot days I used to yell over to him in the office across our low cubicles "Man, I sure could go for a bag of Coke!" and he would bust up. I didn't last long at that job.

2006-11-13 12:00:09
10.   Voxter
8 - And, more broadly, many metals come in raw, unformed lumps called "pigs", though iron's the only one I ever hear called "pig iron".

I just hope they adopt the old Marty Robbins song, "Big Iron", as their theme. Some minor editing, and it's perfect.

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