The Tampa Bay Rays future single-A team in Bowling Green, Kentucky needs a mascot name, and we at Walkoff Walk would like to help. The team will play in the South Atlantic League starting next season, home of such cleverly-named teams as the Hickory Crawdads, the Savannah SandGnats, and the Kannapolis Intimidators. So to keep up with the Joneses, the good folks at BowlingGreenProBaseball.com accepted fan suggestions for the team name for a few months.
Here's Bowling Green CEO Brad Taylor:
"This is the fans' team, so it's only natural they get to feel that sense of ownership in having the opportunity to vote for the name of their team. All seven of the finalists are unique names in Minor League Baseball that have a specific connection to Bowling Green, so we encourage everyone to join us in this fun and exciting way of creating an identity. It's an election year, so fans -it's time to vote!"
Here are your finalists (guess which one we like):
- Bowling Green Speedsters
- Bowling Green Cave Shrimp
- Bowling Green Hot Rods
- Bowling Green Bluegills
- Bowling Green Turbos
- Bowling Green Sparkplugs
- Bowling Green Mammoths
Yes, the Cave Shrimp sounds right to me. Why? Because (a) Kentucky is home to the endangered blind albino cave shrimp and (b) shrimp and baseball go together like ham and eggs. Folks, please head over to the voting page and register your voice in favor of the Bowling Green Cave Shrimp and support the prevalence of shrimp in baseball. Fight the power!