This is a post I've been meaning to write for a while , but as this story illustrates good intentions are not always enough.
Amarillo isn't exactly known for professional sports, unless you count the heydays of pro wrestling back in the 60s and 70s but we have had a few, minor league independent type teams here. And for the most part these teams have had hideous nicknames.
A hockey team called the Amarillo Gorillas and a baseball team dubbed the Amarillo Dillas being the worst of the bunch.
Way back when we had an actual major league affiliated baseball club called the Gold Sox. The Gold Sox were affiliated with a variety of teams over the years, The Baltimore Orioles, The New York Yankees, The Chicago Cubs, and for the last time the Sand Diego Padres, But the team was moved in 1982 and though we've had a variety of independent teams since then they have mostly been teams devoid of name talent or operating capital.
The Dillas finally died a death of bankruptcy last year and we got a new independent team this year. Paying homage to the teams of yesteryear the dubbed this new team the Sox.
Deciding the squad needed a mascot they hired a California firm to design one.
The plan was to name it Socks.
The result was riDICulous.
Needless to say the mascot was booed out of the stadium on the first night.
They have since brought out a new mascot.
So in baseball terms, the Amarillo Sox have gone from a bat to ball.