A Minnesota minor league baseball team will be changing its name as part of an atheist-themed event set to take place in August.
The St. Paul Saints will change their name to “Mr. Paul Aints” as part of “A Night of Unbelievable Fun,” which will be sponsored by the American Atheists and Minnesota Atheists organizations.
For the baseball game featured, the Saints will wear different jerseys with the alternate name and the S in Saints will be covered up across the Midway Stadium ballpark.
Tom Whaley, executive vice president for the St. Paul Saints Baseball Club, Inc., told The Christian Post that the team regularly changes its name and uses alternate jerseys for special events.
“Last season, to show support for the Minnesota Vikings who were playing a playoff game against the New Orleans Saints, we changed our name for a game to The Paul,” said Whaley.
“Three to four times per season, we wear alternate jerseys to fit the theme … for a Jewish Heritage Night, we printed up T-shirts that had the word, ‘Saints,’ spelled in Hebrew. For this game, we are changing our name for the game. It goes back to St. Paul Saints the following day.”