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Man who suggested Chihuahuas team name flooded with hundreds of angry messages

By: Bill Melugin

EL PASO, Texas --

Shae Vierra knew it might take some time for the El Paso Chihuahuas team name to grow on Borderland residents, but he wasn't expecting the backlash he has received over the last week.

As KFOX14 reported, Vierra won the contest to name El Paso's Triple A baseball team after he submitted the winning Chihuahuas idea.

Vierra, the football coach at Santa Teresa High School, has a wife and three kids. The family met with KFOX14 Sunday afternoon to talk about what life has been like for them since the big announcement.

"As a one win, seven loss football coach, I get plenty of negative criticism," Vierra chuckled. "There's probably been right around 450 messages, but not all of them bad, some of them good, some of them bad, some of them kind of nasty, but I've saved them all so we can capture the good and bad of this moment."

Vierra told KFOX14 he has been rolling with the punches, and feels the overall experience has far outweighed the criticism pointed his way.

"I've enjoyed every second of it," Vierra said. "Somebody told me that instead of giving me a baseball, they should give me a grenade, and I just wrote back, that will just kill the catcher."

Even Vierra's wife, Brenda, came under public scrutiny as well.

Shortly after the team name was announced, she posted on her Facebook page that she was proud her husband had made El Paso history by submitting the team name.

That was reposted on the popular page "915 On Blast", and hundreds of people criticized her.

"I stand by it, I stand by the post that I made, I'm very excited for him, and I know he's making history, so I stand by that," Vierra said. "Embrace your city, that's basically the big message I want to send out, because you're really not bashing us, you're bashing the city, just embrace your city and be excited."

Vierra told KFOX14 Chihuahuas management reached out to him last week.

"They gave our whole family tickets, they originally promised us two, now they're giving us five, they've been great," Vierra said. "They've been calling us, they've been in contact with us, they've asked us if we need anything, they voiced their concerns about the negative messages, but they've been first class all the way. They said the negativity is just par for the course, and that it's something that's happened in every market and to just ride the storm because in time, everybody is going to be on board."

Vierra told KFOX14 he submitted two other names as well, The Oriks, and the Smokestacks.

"For El Paso, I thought Chihuahuas was the best name, and I think they really got it right," Vierra said. "If there was never a Diablos name, people would have maybe commented that the Diablos is a devil name, and that it connects us to cartels, and maybe that would have been more controversial."

 

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