My beloved Cleveland Indians announced that they will be known as the Guardians next year.
Together, we are all… pic.twitter.com/R5FnT4kv1I
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 23, 2021
As a 6th generation Clevelander, summer is synonymous with nights cheering on the Tribe at the ballpark with my baseball loving grandfather. As a kid watching the Indians of the 90s playing amazing baseball, I dreamed of being called up to pitch in game 7 of a World Series in Cleveland. I can’t play ball for my life (though my son Rafi had a great season as a pitcher in little league this summer and I couldn’t be prouder!) but I got to fulfill that dream thanks to being a Starwood junkie.
Unlike me, Rafi can pitch a ball 😀
I listened to stories from my grandfather about his parents taking him to see the Indians back in League Park and Municipal Stadium. At an Indians game a few weeks ago he told 9 year old Rafi about when he was 9 and got to attend the 1948 World Series. The Indians name has been around since 1915 and honored Louis Sockalexis, a Native American Cleveland baseball star with a .313 batting average.
Generations of the Tribe, Rafi, me, and my maternal grandfather :
It will definitely take time to adjust, but I have said all along that if a change away from Indians/Tribe was needed that Guardians was the best option. And I told that to the team in surveys they sent out. Though I do think the new logos can use some tweaking.
The Cleveland Indians announce they are changing their name to the Guardians. pic.twitter.com/1xP1FyMsbh
— The Sporting News (@sportingnews) July 23, 2021
The runner up was Spiders, but who wants to cheer on Spiders? There’s a reason you don’t find that name on many teams. Plus while there is historical significance to Spiders from the 19th century Cleveland NL ballclub, that team is famous for the worst record in the history of baseball. The owner of that 1899 club also owned the S. Louis ballclub and traded all of the good players away from Cleveland. The club disbanded after that season and rules were implemented to prevent that from happening in the future.
Why Guardians? Well, this way they can keep the -dians suffix on all the signs 😀
Got it covered. Budget friendly, ownership will love it pic.twitter.com/88vxZbIwfx
— nick (@nickski24) July 23, 2021
The art deco Guardians of Traffic statues have stood for 90 years on the Hope Memorial Bridge just outside the ballpark:
They’re featured at 0:29 in this video:
And maybe they’re hoping to have a Marvel tie-in?
Change isn’t easy, but I’m glad they’re the Guardians and not Spiders. I wouldn’t want to have to find another team to cheer on!
It’s a new day in Cleveland. But I said the same thing yesterday about our brand new incredible kosher grocery store:
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What do you think of the name change?