In this weirdly bandaged baseball season, the Macon Bacon made the most of it by giving Macon their first baseball title in 58 years.
Just in their third season, the Bacon used a double-play to defeat their coastal rival Savannah Bananas 6-5 to win the Coastal Plain South Championship on Sunday.
It was the first professional baseball title for Macon since the Peaches won the 1962 South Atlantic League (SALLY) championship with a team which included then-minor league player, Pete Rose. The Peaches defeated the Knoxville Smokies three games to one for the title.
The Coastal Plain League is a collegiate wood bat league, which is an outlet for college players to get extra work and be seen by pro scouts during their schools’ offseason, was originally supposed to have 15 teams scattered from northern Virginia to south Georgia.
Because of the pandemic, many of those teams opted out.
Seven of the 15 teams in the Coastal Plain League have been playing this summer. Two teams in North Carolina and two teams in Virginia make up the northern pod, while the two Georgia teams and one South Carolina team make up the southern pod. Each team was scheduled to play roughly 20 against the other teams in their pod, and roughly 20 exhibition games against assorted lower-level summer-collegiate teams.
The Bacon took a 6-0 lead early with a three-run homer run Josh Hood home blast in the third inning. The Bananas made things interesting with scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th to make it 6-4. For the rest of the game, it was a pitchers duel. The top of the 9th came around, and the Bananas were able to put another on the board to make it 6-5. Runners were on the corner when the Bacon were able to turn a classic 6-4-3 double play to win the game.
Although the league season is done, the Bacon-Banana rivalry will continue with the Breakfast Bowl which features a nine-game exhibition between the two teams set to begin Thursday in Savannah. The teams will play single games Thursday through Saturday for the next three weeks. Five games will be in Savannah and four in Macon.
I’m all over the place today. I’m calling it “miscellaneous Monday” because I’m a bit scattered today with a variety of issues on my mind.
Let’s start with the fun stuff…
Albany wins ArenaBowl 32 title
Remember the Arena Football League? No? Well, they played ArenaBowl 32 last night in Albany, New York. The Albany Empire defeated the Philadelphia Soul 45-27 for the title. I’ll have more details on my “Football Friday” post this week about it. Let me just say that I have always been a fan of the league but their management has really screwed things up over the years. Last season they were down to only four teams in the league and was close to closing up. Reports indicate that they will revive the Cleveland Gladiators and maybe another team to their lineup. Rumors continue circulating that Nashville might be one of those teams.
Macon Bacon eaten by Marlins
I read this weekend where the Macon Bacon, a collegiate summer league team in the Coastal Plains League, were playing in the championship against the Morehead City Marlins. I have to laugh when I see that the Bacon had to knock off the Savannah Bananas in the playoffs. Unfortunately, the Bacon lost the finals in game three last night 6-2. There was an Instagram post last week showing Kevin Bacon wearing a Macon Bacon hat. Who else would you expect Kevin Bacon to support?
New York Empire wins pro frisbee league title
The New York Empire defeated the Dallas Roughnecks 26-22 yesterday to win the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) championship. The Empire completed an undefeated season to win their first title. I’ll have to admit that I haven’t followed the AUDL as closely this season since we lost our Nashville franchise but I’m glad to see that the league continues to play. I have heard rumors that other franchises might fold in the off season so it will be interesting to see what the league will look like next season.
Now some grumblings…..
We had some issues with Lowe’s this weekend with an order we had placed. We were told the delivery would be Sunday but when had not heard anything from them, we called to be advised they were out-of-stock on an item and that the delivery would be on Tuesday. This is unacceptable. People make plans to be available for deliveries and take off from work – sometimes without pay – to be ready and when they don’t come or even communicate changes something needs to be done. It is clear that Lowe’s does not communicate with everyone in the chain and apparently they fail in communicating to the local stores. The acting store manager apologized but it seems that the online/phone ordering place “forces” the information to the local store and puts the local store in a bad situation if the item is not in stock. Lowe’s needs to get it together if they want people to shop online. My advice for you is to go to the local store and place the order.
School bus stop issue
Now that school has started, we have had an issue with students using our driveway as the bus stop. Weird since we have no children at home ourselves right? One of our neighbors informed us when we moved in that the bus stop had been moved to our driveway. Now that we want this changed, it is taking an act of Congress to get it done. I have contacted our homeowner’s association and the transportation department of the school yet it seems they can’t communicate to the bus driver to change the location to the stop sign on the corner which is just 25 feet from our drive way. I am told they have “no control” over the situation. Seriously? Can’t they tell the driver to stop the dang bus at the stop sign instead of our driveway? The problem is that the kids tend to wander around and even up to our front door. This could be a problem if they were injured on our property. I guess I’m going to have to be one of “those” neighbors.
Beware of anonymous surveys
I found out this morning that our management is asking for our office to complete a survey and my area of work is one of those areas to be surveyed. The surveys are anonymous. That’s never a good thing in my experience. You can only look at social media to see how mean people can be and now we have this anonymous survey. Well, I am having to brace myself this one.
Automatic Weapons Debate
Why is this even a debate? Why does the average citizen need an automatic weapon? Yeah, I know the whole “Second Amendment Rights” but where’s the common sense in all of this? If I go into a Chipotle, Walmart or Starbucks and someone is proudly carrying an automatic weapon simply because they can, I’m leaving. Why be a dumb ass and scare the crap out of people? I guess we need IQ scores to go along with background checks and mental health exams. Good grief people!
What can I say? It’s Monday. Here’s what Forbes.com says about how to beat the “Monday blues” (yes, I’m totally going to make fun of these)…
Identify the problem [the problem is MONDAY. I think we’ve clearly identified it]
Prepare for Monday on Friday [What???]
Make a list of things you are excited about. [I’m excited about Friday]
Unplug for the weekend [Oh yes, I definitely agree with this. Some people need a life.]
Get enough sleep and wake up early [Are you kidding me? I already get up at 4:55 a.m. So should I not even go to sleep??]
Dress for success [It’s too much work to dress up and look pretty]
Be positive [I’m positive that I do NOT like Mondays]
Make someone else happy [Okay, now I’m getting nauseous]
Keep your Monday schedule light [Suggestion…why do we just eliminate Monday?]
Have fun at work [If it were fun it wouldn’t be called work. Where does this person work?]
Have a post-work plan [Is it Friday yet?]
Have a good week and be careful out there. Keep your automatic weapons at home please.
No Friday Flashback post today. Instead I have a few sports-related rants and observations to share with you. Yes, I have a blog and I intend to use it.
The Nashville Predators beat the Winnipeg Jets last night to even their Western Conference Semifinal series at 2-2. Yes, Pekka Rinne was in goal and played better than he has in recent games. I still would have started Juuse Saros and I’m not so sure I can be very confident about Rinne even with last night’s win. I also applaud the move to put Scott Hartnell in the game. He’s a veteran player and definitely added the physicality to counter Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien. I really was tired of hearing the endless comments from NBC’s AJ about how big and strong Byfuglien is. I’m also glad that Patrik Laine FINALLY scored a goal so now the NBC commentators will shut up about it. Enough already about how many games he had gone without scoring. The young, goat-bearded wonder has scored now, let’s move on.
The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with quarterback Matt Ryan on a five-year, $150 million contract with $100 million guaranteed. Are you kidding me? Why? Yeah, I know they call him “Matty Ice” (which is detest) but has he won any Super Bowls? I won’t deny that Ryan is good but I wouldn’t necessary say his consistent. Speaking of highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL, when I asked Siri about it you won’t believe the top five: Kirk Cousins (seriously??), Jimmy Garoppolo, Matthew Stafford, Derek Carr and Drew Brees. What are owners and general managers paying all this money for?
Nashville’s Metro Council is set to vote on proposal to move our Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium which was originally supposed to be built on the Fairgrounds near downtown. There is some consternation about the location. A Nashville MLS spokesman fears that failure to support the site will cost Nashville its proposed MLS expansion which was awarded in December. It’s a bit crazy to me that they can do this much work for a soccer stadium but they can’t come up with a plan to fix the traffic mess. They will eventually approve and build a soccer stadium but it will be a mess trying to get there.
President Trump is going to appoint Bill Belichick to his sports council. Yet another reason to dislike both. Was deflate-gate not enough?
Georgia football coach Kirby Smart got a new 7-year , $49 million dollar deal from Georgia. I’m a bit on the fence about this one. At least Smart got the Bulldogs to the National Championship game right? The Southeastern Conference is brutal. It will be very difficult to repeat the success from last season. Smart becomes the fifth highest paid coach in the big-time college football division.
Someone recently told me they would like the Kentucky Derby more if not for the horses. They prefer all the hoopla (i.e. fancy hats, mint juleps) to the actual horse race. You would hope they treat those awesome animals well and don’t abuse them. Sorry, I’m not a fan. It’s a horse race.
Who is Josh Rosen and why is he stirring up junk? His feelings are hurt that he fell to 10th in the recent NFL draft before the Arizona Cardinals traded up to select him. Really? What exactly did he do in college football? Well, he’s with the Cardinals. It won’t matter much anyway.
I’m still disappointed that Georgia Running Back Nick Chubb got snagged by the Cleveland Browns. I was hoping the Tennessee Titans would get him. Poor Chubb.
In case you’re following the NBA playoffs, the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the TorontoRaptors 128-110 last night to take a 2-0 lead in their series. Toronto is the #1 seed in the East but looks like they are fading fast. To be honest, I haven’t been interested in the NBA playoffs since Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson retired.
I really wish the Washington Redskins would change their stupid name.
Is It Finally Time to “Turn off the lights” on Monday Night Football?
The best reason that John Gruden has returned to coaching again is that he won’t be on Monday Night Football anymore. Have you heard that the new announcers will be Joe Tessitore and former Dallas Cowboys’ Tight End Jason Witten? I know who Jason Witten is but I have to admit that I had to click on Joe Tessitore’s name link to refresh my memory on who he is. We have come a LONG way from the days of Howard Cosell, Frank Gifford and Don Meredith. Frankly (no pun intended), I think they should finally put an end to Monday Night Football. Turn out the lights and let the party be over.
Yesterday my wife gave me a Savannah Bananas shirt from the Coastal Plains League team. It will go along with the Macon Bacon shirt I ordered a few weeks ago. I think the Portland (Oregon) Pickles and Montgomery (Alabama) Biscuits will be next on my list.
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.