The Fort Wayne TinCaps with make their debut in the new Parkview Field for the 2009 season. The TinCap name comes from midwest legend Johnny Appleseed who used to wear his tin cooking pot on his head. The logo is really neat looking, with an apple wearing a cooking pot. The primary colors of the team will be red, green, and brown.
"In Minor League baseball you have the opportunity to create a brand with a true regional flavor", stated General Manager Mike Nutter. "Johnny Appleseed, while known nationally, is a regional pioneer and folk hero. His story, and the history of the area, gives us an identity that is destinctly Fort Wayne. Johnny was a pioneer of the Midwest frontier in a time of seemingly endless opportunity. We feel a part of a new frontier in Fort Wayne is growing downtown with the continued development of the Harrison Square project."
The name chance from the Fort Wayne Wizards, was part of a community-wide 'Re-Name the Team' project. There were over 2500 suggestions taken into accoutn. Here is a list of some of the one that were (thank Heaven) rejected:
-Fort Wayne Newtons
-Fort Wayne Dudes
-Fort Wayve Weiner Dogs
-Fort Wayne Fashizzle
-Fort Wayne Mighty Gherkins
-Fort Wayne ComPadres (they're the Padres A Affiliate, you know)
-Fort Wayne Sluggernaughts
-Fort Wayne Whacker Smackers
-Fort Wayne Mutant Swans
Mutant Swans? You have to admit, some of these are really funny. MiLB is know of some entertaining monikers, but some of these would be just crazy.