The Columbia Fireflies, formerly of the South Atlantic League and now in Low-A East, returned affiliated baseball to Columbia, SC, the Soda City, in both a homecoming and a once-and-future event: The Lightning Bugs started as a New York Mets' affiliate, as the Capital City Bombers had ended, but went to the Kansas City Royals in the 2021 Minor League Reorganization. Before moving to Columbia, they were the Savannah Sand Gnats. They play their home games at Segra Park.
The Fireflies play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Chicharrones de Columbia (Chicharrones translates to Greaves; a greave is a piece of armor used to protect the shin, but it is also a popular pork-based dish in Mexican cuisine).
- Michael Clair: "The Columbia Fireflies are making your glow-in-the-dark uniform dreams come true", Cut4, mlb.com, January 28, 2016.