The wait is finally over! The new minor league baseball team in Madison, Alabama will be called the Rocket City Trash Pandas.
The biggest rivalry between fans at the big reveal at Rocket Republic Brewing Wednesday night seemed to be between the Trash Pandas and the ThunderSharks. But both parties were so amped up with excitement, even the ThunderShark fans weren’t trying to sink their teeth into anything.
They’re just ready to play ball!
“How do you feel?” Ryan Serafin yelled over the cheering crowd to his two sons in their panda outfits.
“Awesome!” yelled back his son Martin.
“Trash Pandas! Trash Pandas!” the crowd cheered.
“It’s like… A raccoon!” said some kids. “It’s a raccoon!”
It’s easy to see which team name took the home run.
“Everything’s cool about the name!” said Martin Serafin.
“Yeah it’s a lot of fun! Trash is fun!” said Ryan. “Oh no we’ve got a ThunderShark busting in!”
“What’d you like best about ‘ThunderSharks?'” WZDX News asked a group of ThunderShark name fans.
“It was kind of an intimidating name for a team,” answered Norm Harris. “To let us know, ‘hey you get behind the ThunderSharks.'”
“It sounded the least ridiculous but I guess there’s something niche about that,” said Ashley Linares, wearing a shark dorsal fin on her head alongside her two daughters.
“It’s like it’d be a tough team to beat so ThunderSharks should’ve been it,” said Towanba Moore.
BallCorps wanted the names to be unique and characterize the community. They say raccoons are the smartest creatures in our galaxy.
“It makes you think like the Guardians of the Galaxy,” said Aerides Williams. “It has a huge following so I’m pretty it’s gonna get really popular, people are gonna embrace that. At least I would.”
“Guardians of the Galaxy… Galaxy… Rocket City… Makes sense.” said WZDX News.
“There you go!” said Williams. “It makes sense. There’s your space stuff right there. Boom!”
“There’s never ever been a community like this one in minor league baseball!” BallCorps Managing Partner and CEO Ralph Nelson told the crowd.
Other team names in contention were Lunartics, Moon Possums, Space Chimps, Puffy Head Bird Legs, Comet Jockeys, Space Sloths, Army Ants, and GloWorms.
Madison is ready to play ball and rediscover a family tradition.
“I remember going to Huntsville Stars games with my parents when I was young so it’ll be fun,” said Linares. “Even though it’s not the Stars, it’s kind of a new era of Huntsville baseball, Madison baseball now. To share that with the girls will be fun.”
Stadium construction is set to be finished at the end of next year. That means ball games for everyone in the 2020 season.