With a team named Fireflies, it had to happen at some point — the perfect partner for a park promotion had to be an insect company.
Columbia's minor league baseball team is joining with Terminix Services Inc., a local pest service, to bring fans an unusual snacking option to a few home games.
BBQ-flavored chapulines, better known as crickets, will be available at Sunday home games on June 10, July 22 and Aug. 12. The prepackaged BBQ bugs will be handed out for free to fans at the "Terminix Tasties" kiosk.
Chapulines are a popular snack in Mexico — usually toasted with lime juice, garlic and salt — and are a great source of protein.
Fans are encouraged to share their cricket encounters on social media, using the hashtag #TrustTerminix. Tickets are available at www.milb.com/columbia or at (803) 726-4487.