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Hungry For Minor League Baseball?

The Triple-A baseball team in New Orleans, currently called the Zephyrs and affiliated with the Miami Marlins, is looking for a new name for next season that represents the city’s great culture. The Zephyrs name was inherited when the team moved from Denver in 1993.

So like any respectable minor-league franchise, they asked fans to submit ideas, and there is a definite theme among the seven finalists released earlier this week:

In alphabetical order, the seven finalists are:zephyrsCenter

New Orleans Baby Cakes: A tribute to the Mardi Gras king cakes where small plastic babies are sought after, the Baby Cakes celebrates a unique Louisiana tradition.

New Orleans Crawfish: Pays tribute to those lovable and tasty critters we hold festivals for, and who call New Orleans home.

New Orleans King Cakes: The King Cake tradition bring families and community members together to celebrate the joyous season of Mardi Gras, just like Minor League Baseball draws families together.

New Orleans Night Owls: Both a play on words and an alliteration, Night Owls celebrates the New Orleans nightlife and a night out at the ballpark.

New Orleans Po’boys: A tribute to the culinary capital of the Gulf Cost, this fun name falls in line with other wacky names Minor League Baseball is known for.

New Orleans Red Eyes: New Orleans Red Eyes honors Louisiana’s crawfish festivals, and the bright red crawfish New Orleans love.

New Orleans Tailgators: Alligators are synonymous with Louisiana, and tailgating is synonymous with baseball.

“We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and creativity of our fans,” said Zephyrs Senior Vice President and General Manager Cookie Rojas. “This process has proven how passionate New Orleanians are about the city, and the diversity of this community has been reflected in the nicknames we received.”ZephyrsTeam

To recap: that’s two potential names with a nod to Mardi Gras cakes, two to a local seafood fare, one for a native Louisiana sandwich, and another that merges the time-honored cooking and eating tradition of tailgating with gators, leaving Night Owls as the only option without a direct connection to food.

The people responsible for trimming the fan suggestions down to seven must have skipped lunch on the day they wittled down the list to seven from the over 2,000 they received. Or maybe it’s a brilliant plan to increase business at the stadium concessions because the team name is making customers hungry. The only thing left to do would be name the team the hot dogs or apple pies!

Fans have until July 8 to give some food for thought and vote on which name they like best. For more information, vote here or contact the Zephyrs at (504) 734-5155 or visit zephyrsbaseball.com but don’t do it while you are hungry.

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