The new Joliet team in the independent Frontier League is launching a name-the-team contest and is starting with a solid list of names already suggested by others, including our favorite: the Jailbirds.
Names already on the docket also include Pioneers, '66ers, Gems, Jackrabbits, Old-Timers, Gravel, Stonecutters, Luckys, Steelheads and Jailers.
"We have had many brainstorming sessions about the team name which have resulted in several good ideas," said team President Bill Waliewski, "We are seeking community input to make sure that we have considered every possibility and to get opinions from the fan base."
Fans may send suggestions to either of two e-mail addresswa: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Further details and contest rules can be found at a special website which has been set up pending the naming of the team. The team name will be selected by a committee of team management and owners and will be chosen from all fan suggestions.
A drawing will be held on Tuesday, December 21 to determine the winners of 66 prize packages. The grand prize will include a team jersey, a luxury suite for opening night, participation in the first pitch ceremony on opening night and two season tickets for the 2011 season. Winners will be drawn from the entire field of entries, regardless of the name suggested. Multiple names may be submitted, however, names will be culled to allow only one drawing entry per person.
"It is important for us to come up with a name that will represent Joliet and Will County well and become a household word in short order." said General Manager John Dittrich. "Fan input is important and we hope to come up with a name that will resonate with our fan base."
The team name, colors and logo will be unveiled at a special event in early January, the exact date and location to be announced.
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