"El Paso Chihuahuas" team name gets mixed reaction


POSTED: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 9:20pm

UPDATED: Friday, January 17, 2014 - 3:26pm

After months of wondering and waiting, and a few clues along the way, El Paso's Triple-A baseball team now has a name:the El Paso Chihuahuas.

Hundreds of little league players were invited to attend the team name reveal at the Plaza, in downtown, Tuesday afternoon.

"It's awesome. We love it. It's awesome. It's a great idea," said three little league baseball players.

But others say Mountain Star Sports group struck out.

"If they're really going to capture the culture of this area then they could've done a better job," said West El Paso resident John Olgin.

Team owner Paul Foster admittedly felt the mixed reaction in the crowd.

"It was like oh wait thats not the one I was expecting. I don't think it's gonna take any time at all for people to really embrace it and get excited about it. You're gonna see kids all over town wearing chihuahuas hats, shirts and jackets,"said Foster.

City representative Michiel Noe felt the same way.

"You see the construction moving along, moving along. I cant' wait for opening day. I really can't," said Noe.

A little league baseball parent echoed his kids' excitement.

"It's gonna work for El Paso. It's exactly what they said it's gonna be. It's fun. It's exciting. It's positive for El Paso," said Andrew Reynoso.

Love it or hate it, it's too late now. The dog fight is over and the small but fierce looking pooch is here to stay.

"I'll still check it out, out of curiosity. But I mean it's not something that I would be boasting, be proud of," said East El Pasoan Andrew Ryan.

At this point, opponents are simply barking up the wrong tree.

"I'm sure when the team gets here and starts winning,everybody's gonna be happy with it," said Noe.

While some think the new team name is a step in the wrong direction for El Paso, Foster believes quite the contrary.

"Chihuahuas is El Paso's team and when you hear the name chihuahuas, across the country people are gonna think El Paso," said Foster.

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the only persons that will ridicule the name, ...would ridicule El Paso, because of the demographics..
the people that choose to ridicule ..are racist republicans...

I find the name absolutely deplorable! Tax payers should be enraged to know where their money is going. You can tell who are the people running the show here. I'm sure people from Juarez would find it ridiculous if their baseball or soccer team was named Juarez, Texans... or Juarez Cowboys! This is definitely a growing city with a small town ranch mentality. How are we ever going to progress... We as a community need to stop being so complacent and stop allowing this ridiculousness!

What a surprise. Not. Goes along with the little town mentality El Paso has for itself. Little town, little people, little mascot. As hard as some in El Paso try to bring respect and recognition to this city, there are still those that want only to make a quick buck and let the rest of the people to hold the bag. In this case the bag of crap from a chi hooa hooa. I'm sure the other Triple A teams are shaking in their cleats over this mascot.

Really? Chihuahuas? Who are the specific idiots behind this decision?
Just when you think El Paso is progressing with more Wal Marts being built every 4 miles, malls being built next to malls, and flood drain blue prints that are still ni the works from 5 years ago.........then this comes along!!
So now when I think of my hometown, not only does Applebees, Wal Mart, Mexican restaurants, a losing football program & obesity come to mind, but now small annoying rabid rats and taco bell promos!

It is said that when people hear the el paso chihuahuas that they will think el paso tx..I truly doubt it..aren't chihuahuas compared to other breed to just have a loud bark but nit really do any damage...is that what we want people to think about us....in other words lot of talk no action!..I don't ...if they would have incorporated a mean looking sun would have represented the Sun City a whole lot better not to mention it will show that we WILL burn them on the field. Now that makes sense!

I do not think the sun was mean. Locally we say Sun City, but California and Florida have a sun logo everywhere. I think it is a great name, minor teams all have quirky names. Youth and family, that is what is says, that is what people will think of El Paso

They're kidding, right? It's a joke and they'll reveal the *real* name one day soon. Right? And it'll be a name nobody's thought of - like the "Mojados" or "Sidewinders" or ... C'mon, *please* tell me it's a joke to rev up the community.

It is NOT positive for El Paso! EP is trying to change its image and this was not the way to go! I was born here, raised in the area, and as a Latina I find it offensive. Clearly the marketing staff is not from here and is out of touch with what kind of ridicule this poor team is going to receive. I just hope our fans/team members gracefully take the jokes that will be made.

This name is going to be ridiculed especially for this area. It perpetuates stereotypes and I find it offensive!!

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