Today, I’m going to do something a bit different. Don’t worry, I’m still going to focus on baseball. But instead of writing about a funny-named player, I’m going to write about a couple funny team names. Baseball history is littered with unusual, random, off-the-wall names – this is especially true of Minor League teams. I’m sure I’ll eventually get to Major League teams (as there were so many exceptional team names in baseball’s early days), but this post will be about Minor League teams. Let’s get started:
Fort Wayne TinCaps – The town of Fort Wayne, Indiana, is the burial place and former hometown of the legendary Johnny Appleseed, who holds the distinction of being the world’s most famous apple tree planter. By the way folks, his real last name isn’t Appleseed, it’s Chapman. Anyway, Johnny purportedly walked around on his planting expeditions while wearing a cooking pan on his head (don’t ask me – or him – why), hence the name TinCaps. Yes, this team is named after the fact that Mr. Appleseed supposedly wore a cooking pan on his head.
Their mascot is, what else – a ferocious-looking anthropomorphic apple wearing a cooking pan on its head. Yes, you read that right (even I couldn’t make that up). To add to the ferocity, their name has a capitalized ‘C’ in the middle – nothing says “bring it on” like capiTal letters where they’re not supPosed to be. Anyway, the ‘Caps are a single-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, and play in the Midwest League. They won the league championship in 2009.
Montgomery Biscuits – this wonderful team, based in Montgomery, Alabama, is the Tampa Bay Rays’ double-A affiliate, and plays in the Midwest league. The team got its name in a “name the team” naming contest. Its mascots are Big Mo, an orange elephant-like creature that loves biscuits, and Monty, an anthropomorphic buttermilk biscuit. Yes, you read that right (even I couldn’t make that up).
Wait, didn’t I just say that? Monty is one of my favorite mascots in the game. In any case, Montgomery has been a proving ground for many Rays players. Erstwhile Biscuits include David Price, B.J. Upton, and Evan Longoria.
By the way, did you know that Lou Gehrig was nicknamed “Biscuit Pants?” Well, now you do.