'Chew Chew' and 'Chompers' unveiled as Yard Goats mascots - WFSB 3 Connecticut

'Chew Chew' and 'Chompers' unveiled as Yard Goats mascots

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Chompers and Chew Chew. (Yard Goats photo) Chompers and Chew Chew. (Yard Goats photo)
Chompers and Chew Chew. (WFSB photo) Chompers and Chew Chew. (WFSB photo)
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The capital city’s new baseball team is hoping to hit a home run with its new mascots.

The Hartford Yard Goats organization unveiled its mascots Friday morning at the Capital Preparatory Magnet School.

Chompers and Chew Chew, green and blue, made their debut in front of a gymnasium full of fans and other local mascots.

“We thought with all the excitement that the Yard Goats has generated that Hartford deserved not one but two primary mascots,” said team general manager Tim Restall.  “Chompers and Chew Chew are fun and appeal to all ages and will be our community ambassadors all year long.”

Chompers' name came from 10-year-old Lauren Konefal of Middlefield, according to Yard Goats officials.

"I thought of Chompers and I thought of it because the logo looked like the goat was chomping on the bat so that's how I thought of it," Konefal said.

Chew Chew was the brain child of 10-year-old Jeffrey Boyle of Farmington.

"Within 30 seconds, I came up with Chew Chew because goats chew stuff and the goat is chewing the bat and trains go 'choo choo,' the logo with the train," Boyle said.

Both took part in the franchise's "name the mascot" contest. They won season tickets for the inaugural season.

After the introductory news conference, the pair of goats got to work to see the children at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford. They helped cheer up patients like 10-year-old Tyler Avery who had his tonsils out.

"This was such a wonderful surprise for him and for us and it certainly lifted his spirits having to be here at this time," said Denise Avery.

The Yard Goats, the Double-A Eastern League affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, moved to Hartford from New Britain following the last season.

Hartford city officials said the move prevented the former Rock Cats franchise from leaving the state.

Since then, the city began construction on a new $58 million Dunkin’ Donuts Park at the intersection of Main and Trumbull Streets in the downtown north neighborhood. Ground was broken back in February.

The stadium was scheduled to be ready for opening day on April 7, 2016.

Season tickets are available for fans who call 860-246-4628.

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