My father and I had our own little tradition every summer when I was a kid, starting when I was 11 or 12 up until I went off to college. Starting from our home in New York City, we would drive to a cabin just north of Portland, Maine. Instead of making the trip in one day, we would drive through New England and make stops along the way to take in local minor league baseball teams.
It was on these trips I got to watch teams like the Pawtucket Red Sox, Portland Sea Dogs, and the now-defunct New Haven Ravens and Norwich Navigators. Some of the players I watched ended up making the major leagues, where they have since become stars.
These trips don't happen anymore, but they still remain fond memories that I will carry with me forever. Watching these teams (among others) were fun not only because of my love for baseball, but because their names reached out to the local community in some way, shape or form.
For example, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs' name comes from the area's history in the steel industry.
Here are the 25 best franchise names—Iron Pigs included—in minor league baseball today.