Tulsa Drillers celebrate “noodling” with alternate identity

The state of Oklahoma claims to be the capital of a fishing technique called “noodling,” which basically boils down to trying to catch catfish by getting them to bite your hand. The Tulsa Drillers, Double-A affiliate of the Dodgers, will pay tribute to the practice—and the fish who fight back against it—by taking the field as the Tulsa Noodlers this summer.

The team will highlight the danger of noodling, which is illegal in 34 states, with a logo featuring a fish that has swallowed all but the two bare feet of a human trying to catch it.

Per the team, “The Noodlers will don a dark royal & lime green hat with a custom #BiteBack Catfish logo, dark royal with lime green piping jerseys with a Noodlers script font and lime green pants. The custom #BiteBack Noodlers logo helps to represent the fun of noodling, while also showing the determination of Oklahomans to always be resilient.”

The Noodlers will take the field August 12-15.