The Bowie Baysox have donated more than $2,000 to the Chesapeake Bay Trust as part of a partnership to help fund non-profit projects to improve the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed region this season. Throughout the course of the season, The Baysox invited 13 organizations that work with the Trust to participate in fundraisers and raise awareness every Friday night at Prince George’s Stadium.
To mark the occasion, the Baysox also took the field in new alternate jerseys featuring an alternate logo every Friday night. At the end of the season, the Baysox auctioned the alternate jerseys with the proceeds being donated to the Trust. Through two separate jersey auctions, the team raised $2,078.49 for the Trust.
Baysox General Manager Brian Shallcross was pleased with the results of the partnership after one season. “It has been a pleasure partnering with the Chesapeake Bay Trust to spread the word about the value of environmental stewardship with regards to our cherished resource – the Chesapeake Bay,” Shallcross said. “The Chesapeake Bay Trust shares our vision to work on the grass roots level to raise awareness for Bay issues and the hometown baseball team.”
In addition to wearing alternate jerseys, the Baysox unveiled an alternate “Pitching Fish” logo that was displayed on the jerseys. A naming contest was held and the name “Rocko” was chosen to adorn the new Baysox fish logo. The “Pitching Fish” is a combination of the Rockfish or Striped Bass and the Oyster Toadfish. Those two species were selected because both thrive in a healthy Bay.
“Partnering with the Bowie Baysox was an incredible opportunity to raise awareness and funding for the Chesapeake Bay Trust,” said Trust Director of Communications Molly Alton Mullins. “The Baysox care deeply about their community and the Bay, and we are very thankful for this donation and for all the work they did this season to let Marylanders know about the Bay plate and our efforts to improve Maryland’s most treasured national resource.”