Big doings in the South Atlantic League. The Columbus Catfish (Rays), who won the league in 2007, are on the move. By 2009, they will call Bowling Green, Kentucky home. This is quite a blow to an area that claims uninterrupted pro baseball since the Civil War.
Bowling Green Professional Baseball, the Kentucky-based organization that will run the team after the move, has just broken ground on the swanky new digs that will host the Catfish in 2009, so things seem to be moving right along. One small problem, however. They don’t like the name. Or, they like the name just fine, but want to generate some excitement and a sense of ownership in the local populace. Either way, they’re hosting a contest.
If you do participate, hopefully you’ll give it some thought. The last thing a new team needs is a lot of internet carpetbaggers inundating them with requests to name the team the Bowling Green Spidermans or some such nonsense. Though that would be kind of funny, now that I think about it.
One note – Bowling Green is the home of Western Kentucky University and their wonderfully amorphous mascot, Big Red. Whatever nickname the team goes with, the wacky suit it inspires is going to have to be good enough to share a town with the big guy.