SAN ANTONIO – Before Ballapeno at the Wolff, there was Henry at V.J. Keefe.
Henry the Puffy Taco, named after the restaurant on the Northwest side, has been a staple at Missions games going back to 1989 when the team played at V.J. Keefe Field at St. Mary’s University.
He took pictures with fans, he danced after being introduced, he ran towards home and never (almost never) got there because he was tackled by a child to the applause of thousands.
Now, the Missions will honor Henry and the puffy tacos this coming season in a way that goes perfectly with minor league baseball today.
Starting May 22, the Missions will transform to the San Antonio Puffy Tacos for a 3-game series against the Iowa Cubs. The Triple-A team also announced that May 22 is National Puffy Taco Day.
“When people think of San Antonio’s food scene, they think of puffy tacos,” Missions President Burl Yarbrough said. “The puffy taco is a dish that is unique to our great city of San Antonio and is deserving of national recognition. These jerseys will showcase a little bit of what makes San Antonio so special to fans and the rest of the baseball world.”