Sugar Land's new baseball team unveils mascot

December 1, 2011 2:54:45 PM PST
The baseball season doesn't start for several months, but they're already feeling the fever in Sugar Land.

The Sugar Land Skeeters are preparing for their inaugural season and on Thursday the team introduced one of their key members.

It's a big day for the city of Sugar Land and the Skeeters, revealing for the first time the mascot for the baseball team -- "Swatson."

The giant, green, fuzzy mosquito is designed by Dave Raymond, the same guy who designed the Phillie Phanatic years ago as well as many other mascots. Swatson will be cheering on the Skeeters as they play their inaugural game next year on April 26 at the new StarTex Power Field being built right now in Sugar Land near Highway 6 and 90.

The name Swatson was submitted by Nathan Johnston from Schiff Elementary School in Missouri City and was chosen from about 500 entries in a Skeeters competition.

"Swatson -- when you say it you smile. It's kind of a funny sounding name, a fun name that started resonating more and more and more," said Christopher Hill with the Sugar Land Skeeters. "And it became, yeah, I think that may be the name."

The $36 million dollar stadium is already more than half complete. Eventually it will seat about 6,200 people. It will also have lawn seating, a splash pad, playground, picnic area and pool. There will also be an ice house located beyond the right-center field fence.

You can find about more about the Skeeters on the team's website.

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