New Orleans Baseball Team Lets Fans Vote for Food-Inspired Names

The New Orleans Zephyrs, a triple-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins, has invited fans to vote for a new team name — and five of the seven options are food-inspired.

New Orleans is a great food town — and the Big Easy’s big pride in its culinary pleasures apparently reaches way beyond its amazing eateries and into its minor-league baseball stadiums.

The New Orleans Zephyrs, a triple-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins that makes its home in the Crescent City suburb of Metairie, Louisiana, recently invited fans to suggest a new name for the team. After whittling down the list of proposed monikers, the team has unveiled its seven finalists, inviting the public to vote for their favorites on the team’s website.

Among the seven finalists are, as  Eater has pointed out, five food-related names: The team could be the Baby Cakes or King Cakes (both of which pay tribute to those Mardi Gras cakes with the plastic babies inside), the Crawfish or the Red Eyes (two names for the “lovable and tasty critters” New Orleans holds festivals to celebrate), or, for sandwich lovers, the Po'boys.

Now, you may be asking yourself, “What, no Beignets or Café au Laits? No Jambalayas or Etouffees?” Alas, no. If you don’t like those five names, your only two other options are the non-food-focused Night Owls or Tailgators.

You can vote for your favorite, through July 8, on the Zephyrs website. The team, which is part of the Pacific Coast League, will adopt its newly selected name for the 2017 season. Not that the Zephyrs is such a bad name, really.

Photo courtesy of @MiLB
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