The window for Wisconsinites to sink their teeth into a flame-cooked s’more in 2018 may have passed, barring a late season wave of warmth. But now Wisconsin baseball fans have Toasty in their lives, even in the dog days of summer.
The minor-league baseball organization formerly known as the Colorado Springs Sky Sox re-branded itself as the Rocky Mountain Vibes and introduced its new mascot Monday, Toasty the s’more. The organization is now the Brewers’ Advanced Rookie Ball affiliate, which relocated from Helena to Colorado Springs.
The Brewers are switching their AAA affiliate to San Antonio, beginning in 2019.
Please, hold your jokes about Colorado finding a mascot name that perfectly blends the motif of outdoors and … getting toasted. Actually, don’t hold that joke; it’s a good one. But several other people have already made it in some capacity, trust me.
The organization opened up voting for a new name to the public, giving five options. The Vibes… was not on the list. The finalists were: Happy Campers, Lamb Chops, Punchy Pikas, Throttle Jockeys or the Rocky Mountain Oysters.
The “Rocky Mountain Oysters” reference seems to be a popular one on social media. In case you don’t know what those are … well, Google it. I’m not going to tell you.
It’s not the first time in recent history that a Brewers minor league affiliate relocated and rebranded. The Hunstville Stars, Milwaukee’s Class AA squad, relocated to Biloxi, Mississippi, in 2015 and renamed itself the Shuckers.
Milwaukee’s other minor league affiliates are the Carolina Mudcats (Advanced Class A), the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Class A) and the Arizona Brewers (Rookie ball).
Some reaction to the new Vibes:
I know, we’re still mad at Keith Olbermann about the Jesus Aguilar tweet, but still…this is kinda funny.