The Myrtle Beach Pelicans aren't going to just let some NBA team steal their name
The NBA's New Orleans Hornets announced Thursday that starting next season, they'll be Hornets no more. The last remnant of a quintessential '90s sports team's identity will be snuffed out when they take the hardwood in 2013-14 as the New Orleans Pelicans.
But there's already a Pelicans on the professional American sports landscape: the Texas Rangers' Class A Advanced affiliate -- the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Carolina League. Shortly after the Hornets' announcement, those Pelicans let it be known that they're not going to sit idly by while another team appropriates their essence. And they vowed to do the same -- to the city of New Orleans.
The team issued a press release asking fans to "consider" and "contemplate" a sweeping re-brand of the Pelicans into a New Orleans-themed franchise and stadium experience. Possible new names were said to include the Saints, Hornets, Jazz, Bayou Bengals, Ragin' Cajuns and Voodoo. Other proposed initiatives include renaming a parking lot pond Lake Pontchartrain, establishing a "Promotional Crewe" and instituting a "Superdome" promotion which would provide "ticket discounts to anyone with a 'bald dome.'"
Very exciting. This is probably the biggest thing to hit Minor League Baseball in Myrtle Beach since Kenny Powers.
-- Dan Wohl / MLB.com