Phillies affiliate tweaks name, adds ostrich

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 19, 2012 10:37 AM

(Reading) -- The Philadelphia Phillies' AA affiliate is tweaking its name and adding an...ostrich? 

The Reading Phillies changed their name Saturday to the Fightin Phils, a nod to the big club's longtime nickname.

And the farm team also says a pugnacious ostrich, complete with balled fists, is its new mascot.

The club says the name change -- in the city affectionately known as Baseballtown -- distinguishes the minor league team from its big brother.

The ostrich is a reference to a running on-field gag known as the Crazy Hot Dog Vendor, who ``rides'' on to the field in an ostrich costume.

The team's new uniform choices include alternate jerseys bearing the "Baseballtown" name in script.

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