Yep, it’s official. Welcome the Lakeland Flying Tigers. The unveiling was well done. The staff of the Tigers, er, Flying Tigers, did a great job. Shannon Follett took the group on a quick tour past some photographs of the old airfield that is now Tigertown. We walked back to one of the old runways and listened to club officials speak on the rich history of Lakeland and the Tigers.
I think Plan B and the team did a good job putting together the whole package. I was a little concerned that “Flying Tigers” wasn’t unique enough for a team to adopt, but I’m betting they’ll pull it off.
The entire theme of the team will revolve around an old flying squadron. The manager is now the “commander” and will have “scrambled eggs” on his hat. We haven’t seen that since the old Seattle Pilots. During WWII pilots would paint a symbol under their window to signify each confirmed kill. Harking back to those days Flying Tigers pitchers will get a star added to their cap for each win. Staying true to the era the team will even feature nose art. Look for a contest to name the lady featured. The music featured at the park will be the same tunes heard in the 40s. I hope we open games with In the Mood and leave with Thanks for the Memories.
Due to technical difficulties I can’t upload my photos until tonight. The new logo features the tiger head in an old flying wings pin style. You’ll recognize the style in an instant. (Younger folks will remember the Aerosmith logo.) There is a second logo of a plane in a circle that I really liked. (Yeah, I bought that t-shirt.) My daughter already loves the new mascot, Ace.
I’ll post more tonight with the pictures.