Contest winner who named Hartford Yard Goats remains proud and donates season tickets to local charities – NBC Connecticut
Connecticut baseball fans have helped the Hartford Yard Goats become one of the most popular brands in minor league baseball. Over the past six years, “Yard Goats” has become a household name, but not too long ago the club needed a name to move from New Britain to Hartford.
“We had a team name contest and let fans submit what they thought the team should be for about two weeks,” said Yard Goats president Tim Restall. “We received approximately 6,000 submissions.”
“I’ve always had an interest in sports logos, uniforms and nicknames,” said Anthony Castora, a New Jersey teacher and UConn graduate who decided to enter the contest. “My stepdad is a huge train fan. He gave me a glossary of terms on a website. For some reason I started at the end of the alphabet and Yard Goats came along. have your own identity, so I said let’s go with Yard Goats. It sounds eye-catching and the kids will love it. I had no expectations of winning, none at all. “
“Who doesn’t like goats? Said Restall. “Come and find out it’s a little train that works in a rail yard to get all the cars in line and with Hartford’s rich history on trains, it made sense.”
Castora’s entry came with only a few days left in the contest and that changed the course of the club.
“We were already in logo design with the Whirlybirds,” Restall said. “Whirlybirds was going to be the name and what we did was we ended up putting that on hold, started working on the goat and what you see is what we ended up with.”
Seeing the popularity of the Yard Goats brand six years later is unlike anything Castora had imagined.
“I never thought it would explode so much,” Castora said.
As the winner of the contest, Castora has lifetime subscriptions. While he hasn’t been generous enough to give the team his name, Anthony continues to give back to the Hartford community through these tickets.
“I’ve been working with the team to see if they can use them for local charities, be it Student of the Month, things like that and just for the team to use them as they see fit.” , Castora said.
Whether it’s your first time at Dunkin Donuts Park or you’ve been coming from the start, the club takes pride in the game day experience and everything the Yard Goats brand stands for.
“At the end of the day, we’re just there to make people smile, so with the merchandise and the logos it works really well,” Restall said.
“It suits them perfectly,” added Chelsea Ofsuryk of East Granby. “I can’t imagine they are called some of these other things.”