Major League Baseball has a reputation for being stodgy and uptight. The exact opposite is true of Minor League ball. Below the “bigs,” lighthearted fun permeates the ballparks. Minor League teams are famous for their wacky promotions, which include unforgettable themes like “Mike Tyson Ear Night” and “Better Call Saul Night.” They’re also known for quirky team names and unique, sometimes nutty logos. Naturally, those logos get stitched onto players’ hats – something promotional product pros know a bit about. So, with baseball season just around the corner, we honor the fun-loving spirit of minor league ball and showcase some of our favorite kooky cap logos. This is branding at its most amusing.
When we saw this cap for the Fresno Grizzlies, we immediately started singing “Tacos-Tacos-Tacos!!!!” to the tune of the “Waffles-Waffles-Waffles!” song from the cartoon Teen Titans. Naturally, you should too. Why did the Grizzlies make tacos part of their team wear? To quote the team: “You can’t talk Fresno without talking Triple-A baseball and taco trucks.” The team goes on to say that “no other minor league baseball team (does) tacos realer than Fresno.” We have absolutely no doubt about that.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
Nothing says America’s pastime quite like… a monstrous, prehistoric-looking sea creature attacking the state of Florida? Seriously, this logo is straight out of the darkest depths of H.P. Lovecraft’s imagination. And that’s why we love it so. Jumbo Shrimp, you have a new fan.
New Orleans Baby Cakes
Did you ever see Tom Petty’s video for “Don’t Come Around Here No More”? If not, check out the hyperlink. Then you’ll see what we mean when we say the clearly deranged, worm-like man-baby on this cap would fit in perfectly with the dark take on Alice in Wonderland that Maestro Petty serves up in his trippy video. Maybe all that is a bit too abstract. If so, just look at that logo: It’s quirky as all get-out – and extremely awesome.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Yes, that’s bacon. Iron pigs… get it? Good. Perhaps this is not as immediately eye-catching as some other logos. Still, it’s rad. Why? Because bacon. Bonus: Check out the IronPigs’ cheesesteak hat too.
Lake Elsinore Storm
Big Brother is watching you. And so, apparently, is the Lake Elsinore Storm. Red eyes in deep night, tracking you, waiting. We’re going to see them every time we shut our lids. No sleep tonight!
“Speak softly and carry a big stick.” Seems pretty good advice for how to approach hitting in baseball. It’s also a famous phrase from President Teddy Roosevelt, whose smiling mug graces the cap of the RoughRiders, a reference to the cavalry regiment Roosevelt led during the Spanish-American War. There’s your history lesson for the day. Class dismissed.
El Paso Chihuahuas
We’re not sure if the Chihuahua on this cap is rabid or demonically possessed. Either way, we’re terrified. Wonder if opposing batters feel the same? Certainly that would be an advantage for El Paso’s pitchers.
Cedar Rapids Kernels
What’s not to like about anthropomorphic corn that looks like a mild-mannered, grandfatherly farmer just in from an honest day’s work in the fields? Nothing at all. Nothing at all.