- Believe it or not July 14
The St. Paul Saints cast off their religious moniker in favor of a more skeptical one Friday when the team held its annual Atheist Game. Begun in 2012, the event turns the team into the Mr. Paul Aints — dropping "St." in favor of "Mr." is a wonderfully subtle touch — for a whimsical night of disbelief sponsored by the Minnesota Atheists and Freedom From Religion Foundation.
As Fast Company noted, the team took to Twitter to have a little fun with critics of the promo.
Those of you upset about tonight's promo don't worry the Baseball God's have punished us on this night 0-2 since we started the promo in '12— St. Paul Saints (@StPaulSaints) July 11, 2014
More exciting for some of you tonight, whether we win or lose or whether we're punished & ballpark goes up in flames— St. Paul Saints (@StPaulSaints) July 12, 2014
Apparently neither team believes in runs either on @MNAtheists sponsored night 0-0 going to bottom 2— St. Paul Saints (@StPaulSaints) July 12, 2014
More baseball why not. We have no life except baseball. 2-2 going to top 11— St. Paul Saints (@StPaulSaints) July 12, 2014
So how do the Saints get away with staging such a blasphemous night? For one, the team is based in a deeply progressive part of Minnesota. And it's a cherished institution known for quirky promos, so one atheist-themed event isn't so weird alongside nights dedicated to nerds, Prince, and Tinder, among other things.
It also helps that Bill Murray — yes, that Bill Murray — is a part owner, though the Saints' site amusingly lists him solely as "Team Psychologist."- -
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