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Minor league team changes mascot name (a story told with words!)
2007-12-03 23:50
by Bob Timmermann

The new Lehigh Valley IronPigs, which will begin play in 2008 as the Phillies AAA affiliate, had to quickly get rid of the original name for its mascot, a furry pig, from PorkChop to Ferrous, after receiving complaints from local Latino groups that "pork chop" was a derogatory term to refer to Puerto Ricans.

"It is common for ferrous materials to be highly magnetic," said Director of Community Relations Sarah Marten, "so we feel fairly certain that this name will stick!"

Ferrous can be described as a portly, affable IronPig wearing the IronPigs home uniform and jersey number 26 – the atomic number for Iron (Fe). He made his first public appearance on November 17 during an Open House at Coca-Cola Park. 

Dancing Homer did not wear a number, but I presume it would have been 92 or 94.

Five-year old Kylie Shimkus of Easton, PA, was chosen among the 32 "PorkChop" entries in a fan contest to pick the mascot name for the IronPigs. Kylie will still receive her prizes.

2007-12-04 07:15:09
1.   rbj
Never heard that about "pork chop" being offensive. Seems kind of an odd slur.
2007-12-04 07:21:04
2.   Raf
0 You learn something new every day. Growing up, "pork chop" was a derogatory term to referring to Portugese people.
2007-12-04 07:21:08
3.   DXMachina
I'm all for chemistry based mascot names. Plus it lets them call his transportation device a Ferrous wheel.
2007-12-04 07:22:03
4.   Raf
2 Make that "derogatory term referring to"
2007-12-04 07:34:21
5.   Sushirabbit
2, yeah, for me "pork chop" meant dinner on tuesday.
2007-12-04 08:01:14
6.   Woden325
But isn't it still insensitive to Jewish and Muslim fans who consider pork unclean?

On the other hand, 3 is on to something. Maybe they can teach Ferrous to ride a unicycle, which would perfect the ferrous wheel pun.

2007-12-04 11:23:14
7.   El Lay Dave
Ferrous, for the IronPigs, is much more clever anyway.

In the Nickelodeon cartoon "Doug", the title character's dog's name is "Pork Chop". Was there a protest then?

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