Baseball in Columbia SC
There’s not just one way to experience America’s Pastime in Columbia SC — there’s three! USC Gamecock baseball coexists with the Columbia Fireflies, the city’s official minor league team, and the Lexington County Blowfish, a summer collegiate team.
The Columbia Fireflies — a Class A affiliate of the New York Mets—are Columbia SC’s official Minor League Baseball team. The Fireflies, whose team name was inspired by the synchronous fireflies that congregate in Congaree National Park each spring, played their first game in April of 2016 and defeated the Greenville Drive 4-1 during their first-ever home game. As a nod to the team name, portions of the player’s uniforms glow in the dark. Put on your navy, neon and silver, grab your peanuts and crackerjacks, and head to Spirit Communications Park, from April through the beginning of September, to watch the Fireflies at bat.
A major source of pride for Columbia locals, USC’s Gamecock Baseball team won national championships in 2010 and 2011. Many Gamecock players have gone on to the big leagues—like Jackie Bradley Jr., who went on to play for the Boston Red Sox. The Gamecocks play each spring in Founders Park and fill the stands with students, locals and visitors alike.
Lexington County Blowfish
This summer collegiate packs the house each season. Head to the Lexington Baseball Stadium and watch the Lexington County Blowfish step up to the plate. A part of the Coastal Plains league, the Blowfish were named in honor of one of Columbia SC’s greatest claims to fame: Hootie & the Blowfish. As a tribute to their namesake, the Blowfish play a Hootie song for you to enjoy during each home game.