On opening Night 1990, the Mariner Moose became the first mascot in team history. The Moose was selected from over 2,500 entries submitted by children 14 and under across the Pacific Northwest. Ammon Spiller, a fifth grader from Central Elementary School in Ferndale, WA, came up with the idea. Ammon's one-page explanation of his suggestion included the following explanation: "I chose the Moose because they are funny, neat and friendly. The Moose would show that the Mariners enjoy playing and that they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. It shows they're having fun no matter what the situation." Along with being an entertaining character for Mariners fans, young and old, the Moose is a wonderful symbol of the great Northwest.