Vowing to never step foot inside the “Shrine on Airline” for another baseball game that includes the team formerly known as the New Orleans Zephyrs, thousands of locals quickly took to social media to protest the club’s controversial name change to Baby Cakes.
“I will never, ever, ever attend a Baby Cakes game for as long as I live. I don’t care how many free tickets they throw at me,” Jim Campbell of Lakeview said on Twitter. Campbell mentioned to Neutral Ground News that his self-imposed ban actually began when the Zephyrs first arrived in 1993 and has nothing to do with recent developments.
Baby Cakes was selected from a group of seven finalists following an unpopular “Name the Team” contest, during which more than 3,000 submissions were turned in by fans to replace the Zephyrs nickname, which carried over with the franchise when the team arrived from Denver. The seven finalist monikers that came from the competition included: Baby Cakes, Night Owls, Tailgators, Alcoballics, Master Batters, Swamp Ass, and Red-Headed Step Team.
“Oh, thank God they chose that awful Baby Cakes name,” said Metairie resident Cliff Picou, who admitted he had just about run out of excuses for avoiding going to games but is thrilled to now have a permanent solution. “I finally have a legitimate, long-term reason I can give as to why I’m not supporting them.”
Kenner resident Christine Prescott said on Facebook she will protest the name-change in the same manner famous athletes have recently protested social issues.
“When they start playing the national anthem in the stadium, I’m choosing to stay seated. On my couch. In my living room. Doing literally anything besides going to a game, as I’ve been doing for the past 23 years,” she said.
Some protesters like Sarah Fields of Uptown were shocked by the team’s announcement.
“I can’t believe the Zephyrs would do something like this,” said Fields via Twitter. “I seriously thought they left New Orleans like 10 years ago.”
Other protestors like Ben Phillips, who hails from Old Metairie, said on Facebook that even if the team eventually drops Baby Cakes due to backlash and reinstitutes Zephyrs he pledges to not attend any games.
“The team whose new name I will not mention just lost a fan — not me, I hate baseball and always avoided the Zephyrs like the plague. But I’m sure there is at least one person out of the 1.2 million in Greater New Orleans who was considering going to a game at some point in the future. A long time ago I made a promise to myself that I would not go to any games. Who am I if I don’t stand by my values and beliefs?”
Some New Orleans area residents, like Jon Curry of Chalmette, had positive thoughts via Twitter about the name change.
“I’ve loved Baby Cakes since his debut album dropped in ’99. That boy got some fire in his lyrics,” Curry said. When told that Baby Cakes is the name of the city’s minor league baseball team and not a member of Cash Money Records, Curry replied, “We got a baseball team?”
Like this year’s Presidential Election, don’t look for a smooth transition. Metairie resident David Cooper shared on Facebook that he thinks the Zephyrs will go through some significant growing pains as the team passes on to Baby Cakes this coming season.
“I know you’re not supposed to say a baby is ugly, so I’ll say it’s [Baby Cakes baby] hideous. It’s like the Pelicans King Cake Baby mascot had sex with the Elephant Man, and then dropped it two or fifteen times. Have you ever seen the mutant baby twins in the movie Nothing But Trouble? I can’t wait to see all the merchandise with that trainwreck on it.”