October 17, 2007

More Wahoo

Joe Posnanski hits a Mummyesque moon shot -- and echoes my thoughts from four days ago.
And it brings me all the way back to this ... why can't we just go back to calling the team the Spiders. That's a great name, and it's not taken by anybody in major sports. There's history there. It actually fits Cleveland (believe me, there are more spiders in Cleveland than Native Americans -— especially those creepy Daddy Long Legs that are like walking paperclips). And there are a million incredible logo and mascot possibilities.
Right on!!!

18 comments:

Amy said...

I've been thinking that the Midges might be a more appropriate name, given the infestation that swarmed Joba and the Yankees. Maybe not the most macho sounding of animal names, but who cares?

Zenslinger said...

A lot of people dislike spiders. It wouldn't be good business. There are probably more arachnophobes in Cleveland than Indians.

I agree the name and logo are racist, but I also sympathize with the owners. It's very difficult to change your team's name. Ditto the...the Atlanta team.

If the Devil Rays change their name, I'm going to cry. But they don't have quite the burden of history.

Colin said...

Last time I checked Devil Rays weren't pushed into reservations and warred with British, Canadian, Mexican, and American settlers/soldiers. Though if it did that'd make great material for the History Channel.

redsock said...

If i recall, there are people in Florida who strongly object to the word "devil" in the name -- and that is why they are changing it.

9casey said...

"Part of my responsibility is when you think you know what's right, to stay with what's right," Francona said. "That doesn't mean guys are going to get 15 hits every night. But I think if you go away from what got you there, I think I'm somewhat cheating the players a little bit. I don't want to do that."

I think this quote from Tito is a little ignorant, if he is speaking of Ellsbury and he thinks he didn't help get them here , that is just foolish....

Colin said...

And to redsock's comment:

Oh why am I not surprised? It's so real it's tearjerking...

ish said...

Manny today: "If it doesn't happen, so who cares? There's always next year. It's not like it's the end of the world or something."

There's a rally cry if I've ever heard one.

tim said...

Chief Wahoo: A Modest Proposal

Worth a couple of laughs. Clearly not to be taken seriously.

redsock said...

Manny today: "If it doesn't happen, so who cares? There's always next year. It's not like it's the end of the world or something."

There's a rally cry if I've ever heard one.


Well, edit out the "who cares" (because plenty do, as Manny is well aware) and it's pretty much true -- there is always next year. It's a tradition as old as the game.

Then again, oy.

L-girl said...

There are probably more arachnophobes in Cleveland than Indians.

:-)

Colin, I like that.

ish said...

Exactly. What Manny said is true, and I know they're playing for us, the fans, and we shouldn't be expecting anything from them, and all... but when you have a few million people who follow your team closely on an epic journey from early March to October, just to make it to this point, and then you say ah, who cares? There's always next year! We don't have to win tomorrow, really. It's not like it's the end of the world or something... Obviously that's enraging and disappointing, etc etc.

You have fun, you play the game, but you also need to go out and give it your all. Everything you have, because you're being paid millions and millions of dollars and there are people - this has nothing to do with the fans, but thousands of people within the organization that work around the clock, all year-round who bust their asses just to try and field a World Championship team, and to come back and say ah, who cares?

That's what I'm afraid of tomorrow. If they lose tomorrow, much will depend on the manner in which they do lose, because you can win in different ways and you can lose in different ways.

Not that we're going to lose tomorrow night or anything... But as a Major League Baseball player, it's more than just you winning, or your team winning, or your fans. It's for everyone behind the scenes that work for the organization every single day or every single game. From the General Manager all the way down to the guy who shouts, "PEANUTS!" at Fenway. It's for every scout, every paper-pusher, every coach, and every one of your minor league teams; their players, their coaches, and everyone who has ever helped the 25 men on that roster to get them to where they are today and most importantly, to get them into the World Series.

If you want to just go out and play the game, I hear the Brockton Rox have a few positions open. Hell, that's what the Beer Leagues are for. At least make it sound and look like you're trying your hardest.

That rant goes for every MLB player out there.

tim said...

Well, that link didn't work.

Let's try that again.

Again - purely for a humor aspect.

Colin said...

I like Rajah Wahu. Next time I go to Jacobs I can get Chicken Tikka Masala, Naan, and Kingfisher, pay the same amount I would for a Fenway Frank and a root beer (though the Fenway Frank would have so much more sentimental value at twice the cholesterol), and not even finish 3/4 of it! Great success!

tim said...

Goddamn. I actually can't sleep, I'm just sitting here thinking "When is this game gonna start. Only 19 hours left...goddamn"

FUCK. I just want this to hurry up and start so I can cook my delicious food, watch a win and kick some ass on these exams....HURRY UP AND WIN!

MikeT9485 said...

I'm a University of Richmond Spider, and let me tell you, the nickname is highly overrated. Our mascot, Spidey, looks like a happily deformed bird with six extra legs coming out of it's side, though he used to be cool when he was General Spidey who donned a soldier uniform back in the 1930s (albeit from a confederate soldier). Opposing fans usually show up with signs about how they can squash a spider with a newspaper-or something 10 times more witty than I could ever be. Most of my friends, while they initially thought spider was a cool nickname, have all turned on it after the four years we've spent here.

But hey, at least we don't have Dinger the Dinosaur....

Colin said...

But hey, at least we don't have Dinger the Dinosaur....

Come to think of it, what the hell does a dinosaur have to do with the Rockies? Then again how the fuck does the Phanatic represent Philadelphia. Wally makes sense, even the horribly un-PC and now banned chief Knock-a-Homa of the Braves made sense, but I guess representing a chain of mountains realistically is rather difficult.

MikeT9485 said...

Construction workers found dinosaur fossils when building Coors Field which led to the birth of Dinger. But that's a different matter altogether. Point is, while I agree Wahoo should go, I certainly don't think Spider makes for a good nickname at all

Colin said...

Ok thanks for filling me in on that.