Voting begins today and runs through March 15th.
The Richmond Flying Squirrels unveiled a brand new mascot during Nutzy’s Block Party and Fan Fest this past Saturday afternoon at The Diamond.
Nutzy’s new friend is a female superhero squirrel with pink accessories including a cape as well as a bow over her right ear. The new mascot will make her Squirrels debut along with Nutzy and NFL Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis on Opening Night April 14th, MiLB officials confirmed.
In the meantime, the new mascot needs a name and the Squirrels, along with the Richmond Times-Dispatch, are asking for help from fans. Starting today, March 1st, fans can vote on five selected names through an online poll. Those who vote will be entered to win a special visit with the new mascot as well as a Squirrels & RTD prize pack. Voting ends on March 15th.
“We have had suggestions for an additional mascot to hang out with Nutzy for the last couple of years and we felt like this was a good time to give Nutzy some help as the face and fun of the franchise,” said Flying Squirrels VP & COO Todd “Parney” Parnell. “We look forward to both of them having continued long term impact in the region.”
The five names up for consideration include Virginia (Ginny for short), Hazelnut, Summer, Nutasha, Nutmeg, and Scarlet the Super Squirrel Girl.
The new mascot will join the always-popular Nutzy to enhance the Squirrels’ in-game entertainment at The Diamond. She will also assist the Squirrels by participating in some of the 600 annual community mascot appearances the Flying Squirrels are involved with throughout the year.
As the new mascot is introduced, two other mascots, Captain Arrrr Va and Victor the Viking, will be retired. The pair of mascots were added in 2013.