Minor league baseball teams don’t get the attention that their big league counterparts do — that’s a given, and it’s with good reason. And while that comes with drawbacks like low attendance and revenue, it also has its benefits. Like a poorly supervised high school class, these teams are freer to find creative ways to draw attention to themselves, with goofy promotional stunts and truly upsetting concession stand food. And of course, there are the names.
Major sports teams by and large have boring names, because the self-seriousness of ownership and public relations means that their names have to be tied to amorphous concepts like “pride” and “prestige.” Minor league teams can get a little silly, as the Miami Marlins’ AA affiliate the Jacksonville Suns decided to embrace on Wednesday with their rebranding. They are now the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp!