WooSox likely to play as Los Wepas de Worcester in Copa games

In Minor League Baseball’s Copa de la Diversión, or “Fun Cup,” teams across the country adopt temporary Spanish-language identities “to embrace the culture and values that resonate most with participating teams’ local U.S. Hispanic/Latino communities.”

It appears that the Worcester Red Sox, or WooSox to friends, will play as Los Wepas de Worcester in the program. The WooSox, who will make their debut in their new home in 2021 after relocating from Pawtucket, have not announced the alternate brand officially, but it was posted today by the prolific Twitter account @MiLBPromos.

The logo features the legend “¡Wepa!” with the WooSox’s heart-W, as well as a muscular anthropomorphic firework. The term “Wepa” is a Spanish-language exclamation similar to “Woo Hoo” in English used primarily by Puerto Ricans. According to Dictionary.com, “Wepa is a versatile Latin-American Spanish slang exclamation used to express excitement, congratulations, and joy, similar to the English Oh yeah!, Wow!, or That’s awesome!”

Puerto Ricans make up about 10 percent of Worcester’s population, and represent the largest percentage of any Latino or Hispanic community in the state.

The WooSox will begin their inaugural season May 4 in Trenton, New Jersey, against the Buffalo Bisons, who will be playing as the Trenton Thunder. (More on that here.)