Reading Fightins to become 'Whoopies' for annual morning game

READING, Pa. - The Reading Fightin Phils are set to undergo another name change, but this one is only temporary.

The Fightins announced Wednesday that they will become the Whoopies for the team's 16th annual morning game on August 7.

Celebrating the popular dessert, the players will wear whoopie-pie inspired uniforms featuring the Whoopies' mascot, which is a whoopie pie wearing a red Fightin Phils baseball cap with the old-school "R" logo and carrying a flag that states "Whoopie!"

"While other regions may claim the whoopie pie as their own, the whoopie pie is believed to have originated in Pennsylvania’s Americana region," the team said in a news release. "They were created by the area's Pennsylvania German communities and have been handed down from generation to generation."

The players' cap features chocolate brown panels with a stream of white cream in the middle and the mascot on the front; the jerseys are also chocolate brown in color, with "Whoopies" written in cream filling across the chest and a mascot sleeve on the right sleeve.

An auction of the game-worn jerseys will benefit charity. The whoopie pie hat and a t-shirt are also available for pre-sale on the Fightins' website.

The first 2,000 adults through the gates for the 9:35 a.m. game on August 7 will receive a whoopie pie, as well as an America's Classic Ballpark seat cushion, and all fans who enter FirstEnergy Stadium before 8 a.m. will be treated to a free hot dog and cup of coffee.

Tickets for the game are on sale now.

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