As of March 2012, there is a new show in town and it is the Pensacola Blue Wahoos baseball team. The Pensacola Blue Wahoos are the the AA affiliates of Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds National League team.
What is a Blue Wahoo one might ask? The Pensacola Blue Wahoo's original name comes from a type of mackeral or tuna fish that is native to the Gulf of Mexico, Pacific Ocean near Hawaii and the Caribbean Sea. It is a fish popular to fishermen for food and for trophies. When I went to my favorite seafood shop, Joe Patti's in Pensacola, they had Blue Wahoo filets for $9.99 a pound. The lady that was helping me with my order said that it was good firm fish and gave me another tidbit of information that the US Navy named several submarines after the dark blue fish beginning in 1941, the eve of World War II.
The history of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos doesn't start in the Spring of 2012. The team itself has been in existence since 1959 under several names and incarnations and affiliated with several Major League teams throughout its 53-year existence. In 1959, the team started in the South Atlantic League in South Carolina as the Charleston White Sox (Chicago White Sox). After two years in Charleston, the team moved to Savannah, Georgia for a year and was known as the Savannah White Sox. Then for two years, the team was in Indiana playing as the Evansville White Sox (1966-68). Now the team finally settled down for a while in Columbus, Georgia and had one more year in the White Sox organization (1969) before becoming an affiliate of the Houston Astros for the next eighteen years. The team was renamed the Columbus Mudcats in 1989 and then moved to Zebulon, North Carolina in 1991 for twenty years. In 2010, the city of Pensacola wanted a major league baseball affiliate in town and after selling the Independent League Pensacola Pelicans to owners in Texas to finance this move, acquired the Carolina Mudcats for two million dollars. The name Blue Wahoos was decided by a fan contest in the local Wendy's restaurants and their uniforms are several shades of blues and red that are in honor of the nearby Pensacola NAS.
The Blue Wahoos Park is located at the Community Maritime Park on Main Street in Downtown Pensacola and is a beautiful park located on the Gulf of Mexico. It seats 5,000 people and all of the seating allows fans to watch games in a more up close and personal environment. There are two concession stands to feed fans on the third and first base sides along with several little beer and refreshment stands. The Bait and Tackle sells Blue Wahoos hats, t-shirts and other souvenirs if one wants something to remember their experience at the Blue Wahoos game. To me, it is one of the most beautiful little ballparks next to McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island (Hey! I am not going to give up my alliegance to my Red Sox) and tickets cost anywhere from $8-10. It is a hot commodity so get tickets ahead of team because several games are sold out. A Blue Wahoos game is the best thing in town now!