The El Paso Chihuahuas — Triple A affiliate of the San Diego Padres — will appropriately be hosting Bark at the Park on Sunday, Aug. 3. On Wednesday, they unveiled the special uniforms they'll be wearing for that game against the Reno Aces, and let us assure you, they are awesome!
Well, and perhaps a little creepy too with those large eyes zeroing in on you. But they are definitely creative and above all else memorable.
Adding to the awesomeness factor is the fact the Chihuahuas will be auctioning the uniforms off with proceeds going to the local Humane Society.
The Chihuahuas will wear specially made jerseys (pictured) that are to be auctioned off, with proceeds benefiting the Humane Society of El Paso. The jerseys feature the face of a Chihuahua embodying the spirit of the brand. The auction will begin when gates open - 5 p.m. - and conclude immediately following the fifth inning. Fans must be present to win and will be required to make payments at that time. If payment cannot be made, the jersey will go to the next highest bidder.
Obviously, the entire night will be centered around canines, with fans being allowed to bring their dogs to the ballpark. The first 2,000 fans through the gates will also receive a Chico bobblehead, which is the team's chihuahua mascot.
As for where the jerseys rank among creative minor league endeavors this season, it's still difficult to top the Ghostbusters themed jerseys worn by the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle jerseys donned by the Fresno Grizzlies. But it's definitely in the team photo.
The only real downside is that it's only a one night treat for Bark at the Park. The jerseys will be auctioned off and then retired, although it seems safe to assume they'll be brought back in future seasons. It's one of those promotions that seems like a can't miss, especially with the younger fans, which is always an important demographic to appeal to.
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