Scoop pays surprise visit to Soldotna Chamber

Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2004

It's embarrassing enough to be a huge, red, fuzzy, yellow nosed mascot without any vocal cords, but one could only imagine the indignities of being a mascot at a ball without a name.

No worries dude, last week, Mandy Jackson, a Nikiski Elementary sixth grader, was proclaimed winner of the Peninsula Oilers Name-the-Mascot contest, and that yellow nosed, big fuzzy red thing, officially christened "Scoop." Scoop seemed delighted with his new name when he made a surprise appearance at last weeks Soldotna Chamber meeting and was introduced to everyone by the president of the Peninsula Oilers Board of Directors, Dennis Smith.

With opening day for the Oilers being June 10th, Smith was on hand to share his baseball experiences and passion for our local team. "We have a lot of great family activities happening at the ballpark this summer, and like I keep telling the kids, it's a great place to bring a date, and how do you beat the price with adult admission at $3.00 and kids for $2.00, that's less than renting a video, and you get to see some really great baseball and have time to talk with your date or family members during the game, and you can't get away with that during a movie" said Smith. The Oilers are a non-profit amateur summer collegiate AA level baseball team, "We like to consider them as an all-star team because our players come from colleges all over the country the cream of the crop to play in the Alaska baseball league. These kids are hungry to be seen and play their hearts out on the field, they are the rising stars of our national sport, which makes for great games here on the Peninsula" added Smith, whose family has grown up around Oilers who have gone on to be stars of many major league teams. "It's exciting to see them highlighted on the evening sports and remember them playing Nintendo with the kids, or cooking for them at one of our barbeques," said Smith.

There will be home games at Oilers Park in Kenai June 10th 18th, with the exception of Saturday night June 12th. For a complete Oilers summer schedule at home and away, call 283-9390, or stop by Peninsula Sanitation, a proud sponsor of Peninsula Oiler Baseball.

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