ESPN Shines National Spotlight on Kane County Cougars (AKA Atomic Pork Chops)

ESPN Shines National Spotlight on Kane County Cougars (AKA Atomic Pork Chops)


The Kane County Cougars alternate identity, the Kane County Atomic Pork Chops, were featured as part of ESPN’S Minor League Promotion of the Week on Saturday, July 27.

The segment aired during SportsCenter at 6:55 a.m. and 7:55 a.m. CT. The Cougars are one of only 15 organizations, out of 160 MiLB teams, to be selected by ESPN as the Promotion of the Week thus far.

The Atomic Pork Chops were born out of an idea generated last off-season. A combination of the Cougars close proximity to the world-renowned Fermilab, which specializes in exploring high-energy physics and atoms, along with a desire to pay homage to the Cougars original, and ballpark favorite, pork chop sandwich is what sparked the discussion and led to the new alternate identity.

The nexl Atomic Pork Chop game this season will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8.

At each alternate identity game, the new Atomic Pork Chop sandwich will be available at the Wannemaker’s Backyard Grill, located down the first base concourse. The 10-ounce boneless, butterfly pork chop is smothered in a secret atomic sauce exploding with flavor. The Cougar Den Team Store will also have select merchandise available including adjustable hats, T-shirts and replica jerseys.

Tickets for all remaining games, including the Atomic Pork Chop Nights, are on sale now at Tickets can also be purchased over the phone by calling 630-232-8811 or by visiting the box office at Northwestern Medicine Field.

For all the up to date information on tickets and promotions, follow the team on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

  • FEATURE PHOTO CAPTION: Cougars players left to right: Zack Shannon, Zac Almond and Dominic Fletcher debut Atomic Pork Chops on-field jerseys at hats. Photo by Katherine Vasile/Kane County Cougars

About the Kane County Cougars

The Cougars, Class-A Minor League affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, have been at the forefront of family-friendly entertainment since 1991. In 2015, the franchise became the first Class-A team in Minor League Baseball history to welcome 11 million fans through the gates.

A total of 180 former Cougars have reached the Major Leagues including Miguel Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Kyle Schwarber and Willson Contreras.

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