Team officials from Lehigh Valley’s new Class-AAA affiliate have announced the eight finalists for the new team nickname. [Link]
Fans can now vote for one of the following eight choices. This is no joke: the Crushers, the Gobblers, the Iron Pigs, the Keystones, the Phantastics, the Phillies, the Vulcans and the Woodchucks. You can cast your ballot online at lehighvalleyaaabaseball.com.
A few thoughts. The Phantastics could become the first team to wear short shorts and roller skates. Vulcans is an obvious choice. Nothing symbolizes blue-collar Allentown like a tribute to Star Trek’s emotionless humanoid species. Phillies? Genius. Crushers? Generic. Keystones? Boring logo. Gobblers and Iron Pigs seamlessly blend the region’s historic smelting trade with Thanksgiving dinner.
That takes us to the worst possible choice ... Woodchucks. Around these parts, they're either "groundhogs" or "grundsaus," which is what they're called in Pennsylvania Dutch. Which out-of-town marketing firm came up with that beauty?