At best, the crowd’s reaction was split.
Of the 10,459 fans one said Booster, “Looked like a cardinal not a chicken.” “I love him,” another said. “Hot chicken represents Nashville better than Ozzie did.” Ozzie was the mascot at Greer Stadium before they moved to First Tennessee Park. Ozzie was a cougar and had been the Sound’s mascot since 1997.
Booster was introduced in between the first and second inning. The story on how Booster came to be is even more incredible as told on the Sound’s website, “On Opening Night at the new First Tennessee Park, an incredible phenomenon took place when a Nashville Sounds baseball was accidentally knocked into a deep fryer at the “Hot or Not Chicken” concession stand.”