November 19, 2012
Only 11 days ago, it was announced that the Reading Phillies, the Phillies double A minor league team, would be changing its name. The Reading Phillies have the longest running relationship with their major league affiliate in all of Minor League Baseball. The name change came in order to give the team’s fans more of a personal connection to the team, as opposed to retaining the same name as their Major League affiliate.
While trying to deviate from having the exact title as the MLB club, Reading didn’t go to far away from its roots. The Reading Phillies are now the Reading Fightin’ Phils. Fightin’ Phils has always been a nickname for the Philadelphia Phillies, made popular by announcers Harry Kalas and Scott Franzke.
In addition to the name change, the team added an Ostrich mascot. The mascot was chosen due to an on-the-field gag at the stadium in which a hot dog vendor would come onto the field dressed in an ostrich costume. Reading, known as “baseballtown” will print the moniker on some of their alternative jerseys.
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Authentically Speaking Trivia Time: What type of animal is used in the Buffalo Sabres logo? Answer to come tomorrow.
Thursday’s answer: Throughout the 2009 season, the Phantoms wore a series of specialty jerseys in commemoration of the Spectrum and its history. These included among others a jersey designed after the jerseys worn in the 1976 NHL All-Star game, a Broad Street Bullies jersey and a black Spectrum jersey with red, orange, green and blue stripes similar to the Spectrum logo.