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The Rookies are coming!

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Not sure if it's the best worst-kept secret in town, or the worst best-kept secret in town, this whole Rookie league baseball team moving to Grand Junction. Even though no one will confirm ... or deny ... on the record, after at least a half-dozen tries to land pro baseball in this baseball town, we're extremely close to having a team of our own.

For right now, let's not worry about if beer will be sold at the minor league games (I'm pretty sure that's a done deal, or this deal won't get done). Let's not worry about if this club will hurt our ability to make JUCO the successful event it's always been (I'm confident JUCO will be taken care of). Let's not worry about scheduling baseball games in the early fall when there are football games being played across the way (that's the easiest fix of all; you just adjust baseball game time. The Ghosts share a stadium in Casper with the American Legion baseball team, which has the first rights to use Mike Lansing Field. The athletic directors in town will work with the new guys for the two or three weekends there will be conflicts.).

Let's get serious: This team is gonna need a name.

In keeping with the tradition of Minor League Baseball, we have to have something clever, with a unique logo, something that fits with Grand Junction or Western Colorado. If you're not familiar with the minors, check out Under the "shop" link, go to the caps. That's where the money is in Minor League Baseball. The Las Vegas 51s? Who doesn't want a baseball cap with an alien on the front? The Everett Aquasox? A baseball-cap wearing frog, catching a baseball with his tongue? Toledo Mud Hens? That's Klinger's team from M*A*S*H! My favorite has always been the Chattanooga Lookouts, with the big eyeballs popping out of the C.

So here's your chance, Grand Junction baseball fans. Let's hear some chatter; reply to this blog and give this club some quality choices for Grand Junction's own professional baseball team.


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