After the Rock Cats left New Britain, the town is now looking for the public to help name its new baseball team.
When the Atlantic League announced a team would be brought to New Britain, with 70 home games to be played in the city, a sense of normalcy returned.
Owner Frank Boulton said now the challenge is to come up with a name.
“Minor league baseball is about community. All the fans that have been coming to see ball games for the last 20 years, I want them involved,” Boulton said.
The team is holding a naming contest and Mayor Erin Stewart said she is already getting bombarded with ideas on social media.
“Anything from the New Britain Bees to the Hardware City Hammers,” Stewart said.
The organization, along with some in the city, will have the final say.
Fans will submit their ideas online to the New Britain Herald or in person at the East Side Restaurant or at Max Pizza 2.
“Something about what the city was founded on, along the Hardware City theme,” said Joe Polumbo, of New Britain.
“Shouldn't do anything close to the Yard Goats because that's not a good name,” said Frank Polumbo, of New Britain.
“I'm certain that people are going to come up with extremely creative names, but we certainly won't be going with the Goats, I can tell you that much,” Stewart said.
No matter what name is chosen, with 800 Atlantic League players eventually going on to an MLB career, people are happy that high quality baseball is coming back to New Britain.
The name contest ends on Oct. 25. The winner will get four season tickets, a dinner at East Side Restaurant, and a free pizza each month at Max’s.
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