The Amarillo Sox play in the American Association -- same as the St. Paul Saints, your lovable local squad known for wacky promotions. Suffice to say, though, the Saints have never sponsored a night quite like what transpired almost a week ago in Amarillo -- when the Sox unveiled a new mascot. The finished product for the costume? Yeah, it did not match the original design.

It was ... well ... you see what happened was ... oh, let's just let the GM of the team handle this. From the Amarillo paper, photo via Big League Stew.

Amarillo Sox general manager Mark Lee shook his head late Friday evening and simply said: “Oh what a night.”Things turned sour for Lee as the Sox mascot was supposed to look like a sock but looked nothing like Lee had requested. Instead of a soft looking sock-type mascot from nearly head-to-toe, the foot portion of the sock stuck straight out about 2 feet at the waist. “It was not the way I wanted it,” Lee said. “I’m very disappointed in the lady who did it, and I’ve told her so. She is going to fix it to the changes we want. I want to say on the record, if we offended anybody, I apologize.

The costume has already been sent back for repairs and will be re-introduced during a home series over this upcoming weekend. We're guessing the new incarnation will look less like a ... sweet mercy, just look at that creepy picture.

All that said, the Sox are promoting on their web site a countdown to a visit from "The Famous Chicken." It's only 12 days from now, and the world waits with anticipation as to what could possibly go wrong there.

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