The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, Double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins, will play a game dressed as inimitable and iconic Crockett and Tubbs (well, more Crockett than Tubbs). In a promotional schedule that includes such gems as World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail (Sauce) Party, Ramen Noodle Night, and the hilarious “Florida Man” Night, Vice Night stands out.
Jacksonville is a 350 miles north of Miami, and culturally more similar to Georgia than Miami. Nonetheless, the team will wear jerseys that emulate the open white jacket worn by Sonny Crockett on Miami Vice—which, for you youngsters out there, was a TV show starring Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas that aired from 1984 to 1989, not the 2006 movie with Colin Farrel and Jamie Foxx. The team’s colors and primary logo for the evening are pulled from the show’s logo.
The jerseys will be auctioned off during the Vice Night game, which takes place May 11.
Paul Caputo is a grown man who collects plastic ice cream helmet sundaes from minor league baseball stadiums because he likes logos that much. He is the author of the first book published by SportsLogos.net, The Story Behind the Nickname: The Origins of 100 Classic, Contemporary, and Wacky Minor League Baseball Team Names. He can be found on Twitter at @Count2Baseball and he maintains the Countdown to Spring Training on Facebook. Paul is a Philadelphia sports fan, but he's not so bad.