PENSACOLA, Fla. -- In a celebratory public ceremony held at Elebash Jewlers during Gallery Night on Friday in downtown Pensacola, the Blue Wahoos announced the winning name of the team's official mascot as chosen through a fan vote facilitated by the Pensacola News Journal
. The name that was chosen by a slim margin was Kazoo, beating out the other five finalists.
"Kazoo was a huge hit," said Blue Wahoos vice president of community relations Julie Borshak. "He has a very unique design and he's extremely eye-catching with his bright colors which we kept consistent with the team's color scheme. Kazoo will be a great fixture in this wonderful community."
Fans had been voting at various locations around the area, online and through ballots circulated in the PNJ since March 2. More than 1,500 people participated by voting on their favorite name. The other finalists were Blu, Capt. Catch, Salty, Sinker and Ono.
Kazoo is a fictional aquatic creature. He has webbed feet, fins for ears and is sporting a stylish Blue Wahoos cap. His first order of business was to mingle with fans at Gallery Night. Kazoo will represent the Blue Wahoos at community appearances, including school visits, charity events and festivals in addition to interacting with fans every night at Pensacola's brand new bayfront stadium.
The Blue Wahoos are the Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. The team's inaugural season begins on April 5 at Pensacola's Multi-Use Stadium. Blue Wahoos' 2012 Mini-Plans are available by calling (850) 934-8444.
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