What's in a name? The 217 nickname ideas for the Worcester Red Sox

By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com

When the Pawtucket Red Sox move north on Route 146 to Worcester in 2021, they will keep the Red Sox nickname and will brand themselves as the WooSox.

But there were other options on the table.

According to the organization, more than 1,000 people suggested nicknames for the franchise as they prepare to set up roots in New England's second-largest city. In total, there were over 200 ideas floated by the public for a team name.

Here are the 217 names that were considered, according to The Boston Globe:

  1. Americans
  2. Aviators
  3. BaySox
  4. Beaneaters
  5. Bear Sox
  6. Bears
  7. Birds
  8. Black Sox
  9. Black Stones
  10. Blacksmiths
  11. Blast
  12. Blue Fins
  13. Bottle Rockets
  14. Bravehearts
  15. Brown Sox
  16. Canal Diggers
  17. Canal Rats
  18. Canal Sox
  19. Canalians
  20. Canaligators
  21. Canallers
  22. Candlepins
  23. Cannons
  24. Carmine Hose
  25. Carmines
  26. Central Sox
  27. Chowdaheads
  28. Claws
  29. Cods
  30. Coney Islanders
  31. Continentals
  32. Counts
  33. Crew
  34. Crewmen
  35. Damage
  36. Daredevils
  37. Deckers
  38. Defectors
  39. Diamonds
  40. Diggers
  41. Diners
  42. Dinosaurs
  43. Dirt Dogs
  44. Doctors
  45. Duck Boats
  46. Ducks
  47. Engineers
  48. Express
  49. Fighting Leafs
  50. Fighting Lobsters
  51. Fire
  52. Fire Sox
  53. Firefighters
  54. Forgers
  55. Freeze
  56. Gondoliers
  57. Green Bananas
  58. Green Monsters
  59. Green Sox
  60. Grinders
  61. Gritty Kitties
  62. Hammers
  63. Heart Breakers
  64. Heart Sox
  65. Hearts
  66. Heroes
  67. Hill Sox
  68. Hillsiders
  69. Hilltoppers
  70. Holy Sox
  71. Hot Sox
  72. Hot Weiners
  73. Hubcaps
  74. HubSox
  75. Ice Bears
  76. Ice Caps
  77. Ice Sox
  78. Infield Sox
  79. Innovators
  80. Iron Forgers
  81. Ironmen
  82. Islanders
  83. Jesters
  84. King Pins
  85. Kings
  86. Knights
  87. Llamas
  88. Locks
  89. Love
  90. Lox
  91. Machine
  92. Mass Pikers
  93. Mass Sox
  94. Masses
  95. Massholes
  96. Mechanics
  97. Med Sox
  98. Militia
  99. Millers
  100. MiniSox
  101. Minutemen
  102. Monkey Sox
  103. Monkey Wrenches
  104. Monsters
  105. Mudville 9
  106. Night Crawlers
  107. Night Owls
  108. Nine
  109. Nipmucs
  110. Nor’ Easters
  111. O’ Sox
  112. Orcas
  113. Orson Sox
  114. Osos Polares
  115. Outlaws
  116. Owls
  117. PawSox
  118. Perfect Curvers
  119. Perfectors
  120. Perfectos
  121. Pikes
  122. Pilots
  123. Pins
  124. Pioneers
  125. PI’s
  126. Polar Bears
  127. Polar Express
  128. Polar Sox
  129. PolSox
  130. Pride
  131. Pulse
  132. Raging Rockets
  133. Red Booties
  134. Red Fox
  135. Red Hearts
  136. Red Richmonds
  137. Red Stockings
  138. Rem Dawgs
  139. Revolution
  140. Righteous Rebels
  141. Rise
  142. Rocket Sox
  143. RocketMen
  144. Rockets
  145. Rooster Sox
  146. Roosters
  147. Royal Valentines
  148. Royals
  149. Ruby Hearts
  150. Ruby Legs
  151. Ruby Reds
  152. Ruby Sox
  153. Ruby WooSox
  154. Seven Hills Sox
  155. Shears
  156. Shires
  157. Silkworms
  158. Smiles
  159. Smiley Faces
  160. Smileys
  161. Soul Sox
  162. Space Cowboys
  163. Spies
  164. Splendid Splinters
  165. Splendids
  166. Splinters
  167. Spys
  168. States
  169. Storm
  170. TableTalk Sox
  171. Tornadoes
  172. Triple Deckers
  173. Turbine
  174. Turncoats
  175. Turtle Boys
  176. Twistahs
  177. Valentines
  178. Vikings
  179. Volunteers
  180. Walleyes
  181. Wallops
  182.  Warlocks
  183. Warriors
  184.  WarSox
  185. Waybacks
  186. Werewolves
  187. Whalers
  188. Whirlwinds
  189. Whistlers
  190. White Sharks
  191. Wicked Awesomes
  192. Wicked Coolers
  193. Wicked Rockets
  194. Wicked Worms
  195. Wild
  196. Wildcats
  197. Wildlings
  198.  WildSox
  199. Wind
  200. Winners
  201. Winter Worms
  202. Winters
  203. Wire
  204. Wista Twistas
  205. WistaSox
  206. Wizards
  207. Wonderdogs
  208. Wonders
  209. Wool Sox
  210. WooPeckers
  211. WooSox
  212. WooStirs
  213. Worm Sox
  214. Worms
  215. WorSox
  216. Wrenches
  217. 351s

The WooSox will become the third minor league sports team in Worcester. The city already has the Worcester Railers hockey team, the ECHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, and the Massachusetts Pirates, an arena league football team. Worcester previously was home to two AHL hockey teams, the Ice Cats and the Sharks.

Construction on the 10,000-seat Polar Park, the new $100 million home of the WooSox, is underway near Worcester's Kelley Square. The state is planning to redesign the notoriously complex intersection as part of the ballpark project.

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