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Meanwhile, in the Northwoods League

Nov 18, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

The Kraken

Those wood bat summer leagues college players often join? Kinda cool. They’re so loose they make the low minors look like The Serious Leagues (Brian McCann: commissioner).

This extends to team names too, as the new team the Northwoods League up in Kalamazoo attests: it’s the Growlers. Which, sadly, is not about beer growlers. It’s bear-themed. Still kinda cool, but a missed opportunity there.

But better yet were the names which lost:

Other names considered as part of the contest were the Cabbies, the Clutch, the Kangaroos and the Krakens.

Really wish we could have had “the Krakens.” And the team will play in Homer Stryker Field, which sounds like a action movie name Homer Simpson would use.

Road trip?

  1. tfbuckfutter - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Now taking the field here at Homer Stryker Field….YOUR KRAKENS…..Led by manager….MAX POWER!

  2. The Dangerous Mabry - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    The Krakens, I assume, would have had an instant natural rivalry with the Vermont Lake Monsters for dominance of open water.

    Also, are you sure it’s not beer-themed?

    “Growlers Assistant General Manager John Bollinger said the team’s name pays homage to all the breweries in the Kalamazoo area.”

    • tfbuckfutter - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      I’m going to go out on a limb and guess than Bollinger isn’t familiar with Urban Dictionary.

  3. kopy - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Looking forward to when they play the Mankato MoonDogs, named after the legendary wrestlers pictured here:

    • tfbuckfutter - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:06 PM


      I hate whenever 80s wrestling comes up because you post this and I go “I remember them sort of, I should probably look them up on Wikipedia to refresh my memory” and then suddenly I have 40 Wikipedia tabs open because I realize I don’t know enough about Rick Martel and maybe there are some new developments in the murder of Bruiser Brody and one of the Moondogs was in Demolition? Didn’t Axe die? I should look into that too.

      • Francisco (FC) - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        It’s like opening a TV Tropes page… once you fall into the abyss…

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        I’m not even joking.

        I just read King of The Ring results from before it was a PPV. I still have to read about The Yukon Lumberjacks and Jumbo Tsuruta (because I don’t know who they are) and Tom Zenk.

        Hopefully none of those lead to any rabbit holes. I still have to look at porn.

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:43 PM

        I wish tag teams were billed by combined weight AND combined height.

    • dluxxx - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      I spent many an evening in the “Dog Pound” in Mankato. They used to have tickets for $15 that had all you can drink tap beer and all you can eat brats and burgers. Those were the good old days. I hear they outlawed any “all you can drink” deals in Mankato now after enough drunk college kids fell in the river. It was way cooler when I was in college…

      I actually got to sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” there a few times too.

  4. uwsptke - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Kinda makes my team (Green Bay Bullfrogs) seem lame now. The best slogan they’ve come up with so far is “Grip it and Ribbit!” Cheap beer though.

    • jcmeyer10 - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      Literally went to their team store to find out if they have a t shirt with that slogan, so good.

  5. sdelmonte - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Couldn’t use the Krakens. Nothing without the fans having a schism over the pronunciation like Pintell and Raghetti in the Pirates films.

  6. swmirdr - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    As someone who works 1/2 a mile from Homer Stryker, it so doesn’t live up to its name. I’ll go to a couple games next summer and protest, Kalamazoo Krakens. I’d buy that jersey in a heart beat!!

  7. anxovies - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    How about the “Kalamazoo Tree Frogs” to honor the legendary beer of the 60s hippie comics?

  8. jeffbbf - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    If they’re playing badly, they can be called the Brown Growlers

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