People that know me, know that I like to read about obscure sports teams, leagues and unique nicknames. Well, here comes another one. Yesterday, the city of Macon, Georgia announced the name of their newest baseball team. Give it up for the Macon Bacon.
Yes, I laughed too and then the reality of how stupid people get with naming these new teams. They all want a unique name and one that no other team has. Well, I’m pretty sure there isn’t another team named the “Bacon”. Of course, Macon will be in the same league with the Savannah Bananas. Can’t wait to see the headlines of that first game when the Bananas and Bacon meet at home “plate”.
Of course, Macon did bring us the most controversial sports nickname of all time with the “Macon Whoopees”.
The Macon Bacon beat out the names Macon Soul, Macon Hits, Macon Heat and Macon Noise. I had submitted an entry in the name-the-team contest but it apparently wasn’t weird enough. I had submitted the name: Macon Reddings to honor Otis Redding who was a music legend from Macon as well as the name of a bird. I guess my entry was too tame.
Macon will begin play in the Coastal Plain Baseball League which is a 16-team league in the Southeast. The league fills its roster with college players. This will be Macon’s first team since the Macon Pinetoppers played for one season in the Peach State League in 2011. One of the nation’s oldest baseball stadiums has been dormant since then.
Macon has been home to the Macon Peaches, Macon Redbirds, Macon Pirates and Macon Braves. The Braves did well but not well enough to keep them in Macon when the city of Rome, Georgia, lured them away with a new stadium. Macon hasn’t had an affiliated baseball team since the Braves left for Rome. Independent teams have played in Macon but those leagues never lasted. The Macon Music played in the South Coast League in 2007 but didn’t return for another season.
I’m wondering if Bacon merchandise will sell like….hot cakes.
Yep, there will be a lot of ways to play on this name. I can just see some college baseball prospect getting the news he will be playing for the Bacon. Seriously?
The announcement of the new team name also came with bacon-flavored snacks for people in attendance for unveiling of the logo, uniforms and hats.
Here are the other teams in the Coastal Plain League:
- Edenton (NC) Steamers
- Fayetteville (NC) Swampdogs
- Holly Springs (NC) Salamanders
- Morehead City (NC) Marlins
- Peninsula (VA) Pilots
- Wilmington (NC) Sharks
- Wilson (NC) Tobs
- Asheboro (NC) Copperheads
- Florence (SC) Red Wolves
- Forest City (NC) Owls
- Gastonia (NC) Grizzlies
- High Point-Thomasville (NC) HiToms
- Lexington County (SC) Blowfish
- Savannah (GA) Bananas
- Martinsville (VA) Mustangs
If I could create my own league, I thought of an all-food league which would include existing teams such as the Montgomery (AL) Biscuits, Jacksonville (FL) Jumbo Shrimp, Modesto (CA) Nuts, Portland (OR) Pickles and Savannah (GA) Bananas.
The world of naming sports teams has gone completely crazy.
Now I suddenly have an urge for bacon.