Hot Off the Wire

everett.pngThe “Transactions” section of the newspaper sports section is easy to overlook, seeing how it is usually filled with items such as this:

Prairie League

DES MOINES RATTLESABRES: Agreed to terms with P Jamie Navarro on a one-year contract.”

But I nonetheless scour the transactions every day, because it occasionally yields fantastic Minor League news items such as this:

Northwest League

EVERETT AQUASOX: Traded mascot “Webbly” to Tri-City Dust Devils in exchange for their WebblyFrankCart.jpgmascot, Dusty the Dust Devil.”

A mascot trade? Now that’s fascinating. Some further research on my part uncovered this press release, which reads in part:

“Webbly’s existing contract with the AquaSox was set to expire at the end of the 2008 season. The 12-year veteran frog made it known through his agent that he hoped to restructure and extend his agreement in order to avoid a potential holdout.”

Unfortunately, the two sides could not come to an agreement, and the AquaSox decided the best thing to do would be to trade Webbly now, rather than risk losing him to free agency at the end of the 2008 season and receiving nothing in return.

Dusty.JPGSo, Webly’s days with the AquaSox have come to an end. His replacement, Dusty the Dust Devil, had spent the previous seven seasons in Tri-City. In Everett, Dusty will platoon with Frank (an anthropomorphic frankfurter) and Popfly (a puppet).

“I am positive that Dusty will be a positive addition to our staff and I believe that a Dust Devil, a Hot Dog, and a Puppet can coexist on the same team,” said AquaSox GM Brian Sloan.

Rest assured, I will be following this riveting mascot trade story as it progresses.
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