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Top ten list of silly minor league baseball team names

Greetings, readers. We haven’t had a top ten list in a while, which got Rebecca and I thinking about what would be a good topic for said list. Here is the one we have chosen. I watch quite a bit of baseball and sometimes the minor league teams can have some bizarre names. Here is my list of some of the silliest names in the minor leagues, in no particular order, except number 1 and 2.

#10. Montreal Canadiens. [The team is in Montreal, Canada. Of course they are going to be Canadiens.]

#9. Lehigh Valley IronPigs. [On Wikipedia it did give a short synopsis as to why that name was chosen and it made sense. I still think it sounds a bit goofy. It is not one of my favorites.]

#8. Hartford Bees. [As opposed to the old NHL’s Hartford Whalers, which made much more sense, the Hartford Bees just sounds like a name that was chosen at the last second. I will have to do some supplementary research.]

#7. Modesto Nuts. [Johnny Carson would have had a field day with this one. The area, I’m sure, is known for one or multiple kinds of nuts. But for a baseball team … when men are usually adjusting themselves at times, the team with the name Nuts is not a team I would want to play for.]

#6. Erie SeaWolves. [The more I say it the cooler the name sounds, but are there really wolves in the sea?]

#5. Greensboro Grasshoppers. [I know what this team was going for. They wanted a team name that began with the letter G. No one is afraid of the big bad grasshopper.]

#4. Los Angeles Dodgers. [Back when this team was in Brooklyn, the fans had to dodge the trolleys to get to the stadium, hence the name the Trolley Dodgers in the early years. Now that the team plays in the wide open spaces at Dodger Stadium, the name is more iconic than fitting.]

#3. Richmond Flying Squirrels. [When I first heard this name many years ago, I did not know that there was actually such a thing as a flying squirrel. Even with that knowledge, I still think the name is one of the silliest ones. Sorry Richmond.]

#2. New Orleans Babycakes. [Rebecca filled me in on what the origin of the name might be, with the area making King cakes and, she thinks, Baby cakes for Mardi Gras.]

Honorable mention. The Portland Sea Dogs. [I love Maine, as you all know, I’ve seen Hadlock Field, where this team plays, and it is a mini Fenway Park. Oops, I just gave it away, yes they are affiliated with the Boston Red Sox. However … do dogs swim in the sea? I think not.]

#1. Amarillo Sod Poodles. [This even made Rebecca chuckle. Okay, what is a sod poodle? I think a second grader could come up with a better name than that. Again, I’ll do some supplementary research. My view on a couple of these team names might change, but don’t hold your breath.]

There is our list for today. We hope you enjoy it and get a chuckle out of some of these names. If any of you want to set me straight, feel free to leave me comments. Until Sunday, when I dictate another blog entry using the speech recognition program, take care, have a wonderful few days, and happy reading.

Working with my aching back. Grr.

Greetings, readers. Hello from my recliner chair. If you just got finished reading Keekee’s entry, you will already know that I am flat on my back from a back spasm. We shall push on and do this post anyway.

First off, it is a gorgeous, warm, sunny day; the first hot day of the year. It was quite warm yesterday also, and some of the graduating Penn State students were out and about doing what they call the bar tours. It was a zoo by 3:30 in the afternoon. I came home from my errand, and I had the TV and air conditioning on in the evening, which blocked out the downtown noise. I do understand these college seniors are celebrating being done with four years of school. So I am patient and lenient around this time in May. All other weekends when this goes on – not so much.

Continuing with the late spring theme, it seemed like all of a sudden those bare trees that had appeared dead, sprang to life overnight, and it is green and gorgeous outside. Leaves are budding, grass is growing, and what little bit of rain we have received is making the planted flowers grow. Penn State University does take pride in planting flowers to make the University Park campus look great during the spring and summer.

On to my weekend plans. First off, happy Mother’s Day to all on Sunday. I will be going to gaming day on Saturday, and driving to the cemetery to visit Mom on Sunday, probably with flowers in hand. It has been quite a while since I have visited the grave, which has been more of a transportation issue than anything else. I wrecked my own car in ’08, but the Zipcars have been a great substitute.

My Pittsburgh Penguins are playing their second round series in the NHL playoffs versus the New York Rangers. Though I don’t watch hockey every time it is on TV, I do like to keep up with the Penguins when they make the playoffs. A number of years ago I was at a sports bar when they won a multi-overtime game with a truly fantastic shot. The crowd erupted, both at the arena and at the bar. So let’s go, Pens!

Well, I’m going to wrap up this blog entry today, take some aspirin, and get this back whipped into shape. I have doctors appointments over the next couple of weeks and I will bring my concerns about my back to them. It might be time for me to wear a brace. Who knows what has been going on with my spine with my sclerosis. Oh, as the comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham says, poliosis.

Until next time, have a great weekend, take care, and happy reading from Rebecca, Keekee, and me.