Three months before the start of its inaugural season, the Schaumburg Boomers baseball team introduced its mascot at a gathering of area youngsters Thursday afternoon.
Coop the Boomer met fans, signed autographs and posed for pictures at the Schaumburg Park District's Community Recreation Center. He also led the crowd in the new "Booming Dance," adapted from the dance of the male greater prairie chicken from which the team gets its name.
The Boomers announced that they are now accepting requests for Coop's appearances at community events, birthday parties, school events and more. Such requests can be made through the "Book Coop" page under the "Fan Zone" heading at boomersbaseball.com.
Another Boomers development Thursday was the announcement that team owners Patrick and Lindy Salvi have purchased a third baseball team -- the collegiate North Shore Navigators franchise in Lynn, Mass.
The Salvis already own the professional, independent league Gary SouthShore RailCats and bought the Boomers -- which will play in a different independent league -- last year.
The Salvis have already decided to move the North Shore Navigators from its previous New England Collegiate League to the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, a news release said.