LAWRENCEVILLE - You can be part of Gwinnett Braves history, and you don't even need to own a bat or a glove. Just come up with a great name for the team's mascot.
The Gwinnett Braves organization is teaming up with the Daily Post and WDUN 550 AM to hold a contest, which opens today, to name the team's mascot, a groundhog.
Inspired by General Beauregard Lee, the well-known weather forecaster that makes his home at the Yellow River Game Ranch in Lilburn, the fuzzy, burrowing rodent was the first choice for the face of Gwinnett's own minor league team.
"We're pretty pleased to be able to deliver something that has some local ties," Gwinnett Braves assistant general manager Toby Wyman said.
Wyman said the Gwinnett community didn't have an opportunity to name the team, as communities typically do when getting a minor league organization, but naming the mascot may be the next best thing.
"The mascot, for us from the minor league standpoint, is a really important representation of our brand and our team," Wyman said. "It will be an approachable, fun character."
Contest entries can be submitted online at www.gwinnettdailypost.com or by mail through Aug. 27. Three finalists will be selected by a panel of Atlanta and Gwinnett Braves staff members and announced Sept. 1. An online poll will then be conducted to determine the winning name, and voting will conclude Sept. 5.
The winning name, along with the mascot, will be disclosed later in September, and the contest winner will receive a trip for two to the 2009 Triple-A All-Star game in Portland, Ore.
Visit www.gwinnettdailypost.com for more information.
SideBar: If you enter
What: Contest to name the Gwinnett Braves mascot
When: Entries can be submitted through Aug. 27
How: Submit a name online at www.gwinnettdailypost.com or mail your entry to GDP/Braves Mascot, P.O. Box 603, Lawrenceville, GA 30046
More information: www.gwinnettdailypost.com