GASTONIA, N.C. (WBTV) - Big day down in Gastonia as their new pro baseball team has a new name. They will be called the Gastonia Honey Hunters.
The franchise chose that name over the Fire Ants, Hogzillas, Hotshots, and the Uppercuts.
Why the Honey Hunters?
The logo features a honey badger which is considered the world’s most fearless animal. Honey Hunters owner Brandon Bellamy describes the city of Gastonia as fearless, determined and resilient-- much like a honey badger.
“These attributes are in my opinion what continues to make Gastonia a great place with great people and a great promise,” said Bellamy.
Picking a name might be easier than starting up a new pro baseball franchise during a pandemic. The team is slatted to begin play later this spring around mid May provided things get better with COVID. This team plans to work closely with the governor’s office to try and get fans safely into their stadium as soon as possible.
“We’re going to do everything to keep our athletes and our employees as well as our fans safe,” said Honey Hunter COO David Martin. “If that means we start the first few months of the season with limited capacity of 4 to 6 hundred or whatever governor (Roy) Cooper will allow us to do then we’re going to work within those parameters. Our industry as a whole is very resilient and I think there is an unbelievable commitment right now even though we are in a pandemic to play baseball this coming year. The Atlantic League is hyper focused on that as we are in Gastonia.”
The Honey Hunters will play in the Atlantic League which is made up of teams in New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Going to be some long road trips, but there is one other team in North Carolina and that’s the High Point Rockers. And the Honey Hunter are already talking trash.
“High Point Rockers, you know I’m coming for you baby,” said Bellamy. “I’m come for you baby.”