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I like the new nickname of the Cleveland baseball team.

By Curt Anderson
July 23, 2021 12:33 pm
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One reason I like it is that it's unique. I have not heard of any other team called the Guardians. It also has a historical connection with the city. I like the name Baltimore Ravens for similar reasons.

The Guardians is an homage to the Art Deco statues known as the Guardians of Traffic on a famous bridge in Cleveland (see second link below). It has an interesting history and involves Bob Hope. Of course, Trump is having a fit over the name change.

Here is the full statement from former President Trump, which was released early Friday afternoon:

Can anybody believe that the Cleveland Indians, a storied and cherished baseball franchise since taking the name in 1915, are changing their name to the Guardians? Such a disgrace, and I guarantee that the people who are most angry about it are the many Indians of our Country. Wouldn’t it be an honor to have a team named the Cleveland Indians, and wouldn’t it be disrespectful to rip that name and logo off of those jerseys? The people of Cleveland cannot be thrilled and I, as a FORMER baseball fan, cannot believe things such as this are happening. A small group of people, with absolutely crazy ideas and policies, is forcing these changes to destroy our culture and heritage. At some point, the people will not take it anymore!

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  1. by Donna on July 24, 2021 7:00 am
    I didn't like the name at first, but when I read about its historical significance in Cleveland, I thought it was the perfect choice.

    When Baltimore's then-new NFL franchise was looking for a name, I thought of Ravens right away, but I didn't think they'd pick it. I thought it would be a great homage to Baltimore's own Edgar Allen Poe. I was very surprised when they chose it, because I thought they'd make the usual dumb choice like Washington did when they chose Nationals as the name for its MLB franchise.

    Btw, the name Ravens has another Baltimore connection that probably didn't have anything to do with choosing the name and that no one but a Baltimorean would know about. One of the reservoirs that supplies drinking water to the Baltimore area is called Loch Raven. In fact I grew up in a house on Loch Raven Blvd near a community called Loch Raven Village and graduated from Loch Raven Sr. High School. The things is, though, the name Loch Raven has no connection to Poe.

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