|This version of the Capital City Bombers cap differs from others that the Bombers wore in the 1990's as it has a black brim rather than the more commonly used red brim.|
|This logo definitely fits the bill of "zany minor league design from the early 1990's.|
|The sweatband is clearly showing signs of age more than other caps that I've collected from this era but they can't all be so crisp and pristine.|
I was revisiting an episode of House of Cards recently and I noticed for the first time that there was a brief mention of the Greenville Drive. For those who are unaware, the Greenville Drive happens to be a (real-life) minor league team based in South Carolina, which is the home-state of (fictional character) Frank Underwood.
During their first year as a member of the South Atlantic League in 2005, the team was known as the Greenville Bombers. I suppose they hung on to the name that they had used in their former home-city of Columbia to see if it would stick, for one season at least. They ended up rebranding as the "Drive" to honor Greenville's contributions to the automobile industry...and to sell more swag to their new fanbase, presumably.
It's always tough when a long-standing team decides to change their name. I actually remember being sorely disappointed when the Columbia Mets decided to become the Capital City Bombers in 1993. I've been a huge fan of The Simpsons since the very beginning and I would have been completely floored if they had chosen to be called the Capital City Capitals rather than the Bombers. This would have been a perfect tribute to Dancin' Homer, which is a classic episode from the show's second season.
The premise of that episode is that Homer's (mostly drunken) enthusiasm for the fictional Springfield Isotopes led to him becoming the team's mascot as well as a subsequent promotion to the higher level club in "The Windy Apple", also known as Capital City. This reminds me that I need to start referring to New York City as "The Windy Apple" every now and again to see if people get the reference.
While I respect the Greenville Drive for adopting a unique moniker, getting a Greenville Drive cap isn't high on my list of priorities. I really like this Capital City Bombers cap, but as far as South Carolina minor league caps are concerned, I am currently on the hunt for a vintage Greenville Braves cap; I love that inimitable "GB" logo! Let's see if I can wrangle that cap up somehow...