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(Mental Floss)   Do you really know how your favorite MLB team got their nickname?   (mentalfloss.com) divider line 76
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2013-04-01 09:22:07 PM
Didn't know about the Dodgers or Pirates. Pretty interesting.
 
2013-04-01 09:32:58 PM
And we beat the Yanks, 8-2, woo hoo!
 
2013-04-01 09:42:12 PM
That's really cool stuff.
 
2013-04-01 10:01:22 PM
From TFA:
In 1903, the original Baltimore Orioles moved to New York, where they became the Highlanders.


2.bp.blogspot.com
Not impressed
 
2013-04-01 10:07:37 PM
Probably by being from Philadelpia.

*clicks link*

Yup. Pretty much.
 
2013-04-01 10:24:54 PM
Because the owner said so?

<click>

Yeah, pretty-much.
 
2013-04-01 10:30:55 PM
It's short for "We had one good year in 1978 and since then we've royally farked up"?
 
2013-04-02 09:34:18 AM
Ummm...because we like beer?

<click>

Yeah. Beer.
 
2013-04-02 09:36:04 AM
Yes. Yes, I do.
 
2013-04-02 09:37:06 AM
I'm sorry, it's the "World Series Champion San Francisco Giants."  Stupid article got our name wrong....
 
2013-04-02 09:38:04 AM
Texas Rangers. Clearly named after Chuck Norris.
 
2013-04-02 09:38:32 AM
I'm gonna guess early 20th century jingo-racism.

*clicks*

Yep.
 
2013-04-02 09:40:47 AM
The Twins. Wow. I had no idea.
 
2013-04-02 09:41:40 AM

UNC_Samurai: I'm gonna guess early 20th century jingo-racism.

*clicks*

Yep.


Braves?
 
2013-04-02 09:43:30 AM

Oakenshield: The Twins. Wow. I had no idea.


It's good to know for those difficult Jeopardy clues that pop up occasionally.
 
2013-04-02 09:45:32 AM
The Astro's have no mention of George Jettson's dog.
 
2013-04-02 09:51:20 AM

mrmyxolodian: Ummm...because we like beer?

<click>

Yeah. Beer.



^ this
 
2013-04-02 09:52:09 AM
Seattle Mariners...kind of obvious.
 
2013-04-02 09:57:46 AM
Tampa Bay Rays
Vince Naimoli, owner of Tampa Bay's expansion team, chose Devil Rays out of more than 7,000 suggestions submitted by the public in 1995. The reaction was not positive. "So far, I've fielded about 20 phone calls protesting Devil Rays, and most of the callers have described themselves as Christians who are upset about the word devil," a Tampa Tribune columnist told a reporter less than a week after the nickname was announced.


God, fundies are stupid. The team was named after a *fish*. Not after Satan. A fish.

Owner should have renamed them the Tampa Bay Jesus Lizards just to make fun of the critics.
 
2013-04-02 09:58:05 AM

SilentStrider: Probably by being from Philadelpia.

*clicks link*

Yup. Pretty much.


It's funny that they changed the name to "Blue Jays" and the locals were like... "Ummm... NO, we'll keep calling them the Phillies".

Because fark you, that's why.  It's the Philadelphia way.
 
2013-04-02 09:59:31 AM

Arkanaut: UNC_Samurai: I'm gonna guess early 20th century jingo-racism.

*clicks*

Yep.

Braves?


Yep.  And not just jingo-racism.  Tammany Hall-inspired jingo-racism.
 
2013-04-02 10:17:45 AM

phaseolus: Tampa Bay Rays
Vince Naimoli, owner of Tampa Bay's expansion team, chose Devil Rays out of more than 7,000 suggestions submitted by the public in 1995. The reaction was not positive. "So far, I've fielded about 20 phone calls protesting Devil Rays, and most of the callers have described themselves as Christians who are upset about the word devil," a Tampa Tribune columnist told a reporter less than a week after the nickname was announced.

God, fundies are stupid. The team was named after a *fish*. Not after Satan. A fish.

Owner should have renamed them the Tampa Bay Jesus Lizards just to make fun of the critics.


I am referring to them as the Jesus Lizards from here on out.
 
2013-04-02 10:22:58 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Because the owner said so?

<click>

Yeah, pretty-much.


Then why didn't yesterday's scores include the Boston Red Sox over the New York Steinbrenners?
 
2013-04-02 10:33:21 AM
"New York Burros" would have been awesome.  Was it supposed to be some kind of pun on "Boroughs"?  Still, a team named for jackasses would have been just too perfect.
 
2013-04-02 10:44:08 AM
"Dodgers" works well in both Brooklyn and Los Angeles.  In Brooklyn it was trolleys; in Los Angeles it's drive-by shootings.
 
2013-04-02 10:55:08 AM

phaseolus: Tampa Bay Rays
Vince Naimoli, owner of Tampa Bay's expansion team, chose Devil Rays out of more than 7,000 suggestions submitted by the public in 1995. The reaction was not positive. "So far, I've fielded about 20 phone calls protesting Devil Rays, and most of the callers have described themselves as Christians who are upset about the word devil," a Tampa Tribune columnist told a reporter less than a week after the nickname was announced.

God, fundies are stupid. The team was named after a *fish*. Not after Satan. A fish.

Owner should have renamed them the Tampa Bay Jesus Lizards just to make fun of the critics.


And yet, as soon as they drop the devil part they become a much better team.
 
2013-04-02 11:04:02 AM

phaseolus: Tampa Bay Rays
Vince Naimoli, owner of Tampa Bay's expansion team, chose Devil Rays out of more than 7,000 suggestions submitted by the public in 1995. The reaction was not positive. "So far, I've fielded about 20 phone calls protesting Devil Rays, and most of the callers have described themselves as Christians who are upset about the word devil," a Tampa Tribune columnist told a reporter less than a week after the nickname was announced.

God, fundies are stupid. The team was named after a *fish*. Not after Satan. A fish.

Owner should have renamed them the Tampa Bay Jesus Lizards just to make fun of the critics.


I would love for one owner to troll them and change the name of his team to The [City Name] Devils. It would be worth it for the reaction alone.
 
2013-04-02 11:07:24 AM

UNC_Samurai: Arkanaut: UNC_Samurai: I'm gonna guess early 20th century jingo-racism.

*clicks*

Yep.

Braves?

Yep.  And not just jingo-racism.  Tammany Hall-inspired jingo-racism.


FTFA: Sportswriter Leonard Koppett described Gaffney's decision to rename his team, which had been known as the Doves, in a 1993 letter to theNew York Times: "Wouldn't it be neat to call the team the "Braves,' waving this symbol of the Democrats under the aristocratic Bostonians? It wouldn't bother the fans."

Less jingo-racism and more political dick-waving.
 
2013-04-02 11:10:56 AM

Decillion: phaseolus: Tampa Bay Rays
Vince Naimoli, owner of Tampa Bay's expansion team, chose Devil Rays out of more than 7,000 suggestions submitted by the public in 1995. The reaction was not positive. "So far, I've fielded about 20 phone calls protesting Devil Rays, and most of the callers have described themselves as Christians who are upset about the word devil," a Tampa Tribune columnist told a reporter less than a week after the nickname was announced.

God, fundies are stupid. The team was named after a *fish*. Not after Satan. A fish.

Owner should have renamed them the Tampa Bay Jesus Lizards just to make fun of the critics.

I would love for one owner to troll them and change the name of his team to The [City Name] Devils. It would be worth it for the reaction alone.


ux.brookdalecc.edu

Sadly, Miroslav Šatan never played for them.  What I love is that the id number that Yahoo Sports used for him was 666:  http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/players/666
 
2013-04-02 11:13:50 AM
How old is this article?

However, when the Marlins move into their new baseball-only stadium in 2012, they will become the Miami Marlins
 
2013-04-02 11:24:27 AM

PluckYew: How old is this article?

However, when the Marlins move into their new baseball-only stadium in 2012, they will become the Miami Marlins


No one's been to a Marlins game in a while, so they haven't been able to verfiy any updated information.
 
2013-04-02 11:40:28 AM
So, it's a lot about socks then?
 
2013-04-02 12:02:11 PM

PacificaFitz: I'm sorry, it's the "World Series Champion San Francisco Giants."  Stupid article got our name wrong....


Publish date: April 2, 2010 - 8:05am

This thing was written before the SF Giants even won the first time, much less the second.
 
2013-04-02 12:02:45 PM
"I've selected Mariners because of the natural association between the sea and Seattle and her people, who have been challenged and rewarded by it,"

Sounds like the Mariners' nickname fits the team history...although we get very little reward from them for the amount of challenges they've given us. Regardless, still my favorite team in MLB.
 
2013-04-02 12:17:18 PM
FTFA:   Before the 1953 season, club officials announced that the team would once again officially be known as the Cincinnati Redlegs. Around the same time, the team temporarily removed "Reds" from its uniforms. As the AP reported in 1953, "The political significance of the word "Reds' these days and its effect on the change was not discussed by management."

Riiiiiiiight...
 
2013-04-02 12:24:51 PM
Because fans have been robbed and criminally violated for the past 20 years?

*clicks*

Yep.

\Go bucs.
 
2013-04-02 12:27:01 PM
Pittsburgh's taking of Louis Bierbauer from Philadelphia was piratical. Hence, the Pirates. And yes, I did know that. There's a club-level bar at PNC Park called Bierbauers.
 
2013-04-02 12:30:11 PM
www.gowagsteams.com

Named after the 1967 World's Fair and Exposition, aka "Expo 67," that was held in Montreal the same year the team was proposed (although they didn't start playing until 1969). Also, as a non-word, it didn't have to be translated into French or English to satisfy one constituency or the other.

/haven't heard much about them lately. Wonder what's going on?
 
2013-04-02 12:50:48 PM

Uzzah: /haven't heard much about them lately. Wonder what's going on?


Didn't RTFA did you?

"When the Montreal Expos relocated to the nation's capital in 2005, the team revived the Nationals nickname."
 
2013-04-02 12:59:46 PM
Chicago Cubs
Chicago's first professional baseball team was known as the Chicago White Stockings. When the team began to sell off its experienced players in the late 1880s, local newspapers began to refer to the club as Anson's Colts, a reference to player-manager Cap Anson's roster of youngsters. By 1890, Colts had caught on and Chicago's team had a new nickname. When Anson left the team in 1897, the Colts became known as the Orphans, a depressing nickname if there ever was one. When Frank Selee took over managerial duties of Chicago's youthful roster in 1902, a local newspaper dubbed the team the Cubs and the name stuck.


That... really didn't answer the question of why they're called the Cubs... What, they were young? A young bear is a cub, yes, but a colt is a young horse, so it would work too.
 
2013-04-02 01:02:30 PM
Yes, because they wore red stockings. So what.
 
2013-04-02 01:11:22 PM
Red Sox = Curt Shilling's sock.  Eat it Yankees.
 
2013-04-02 01:19:24 PM

JohnnyRebel88: Red Sox = Curt Shilling's sock.  Eat it Yankees.


So, The Boston Ketchups?  Catsups?
 
2013-04-02 01:25:06 PM
Personally, I thought that the origin of the Tigers was pretty cool.
 
2013-04-02 01:26:44 PM
Red Sox - named for the Cincinnati Red Stockings, first professional team in baseball history.  Half the players joined the Boston team of the original National Association, which adopted the name Red Stockings in their honor.  When that team (now the Atlanta Braves) dropped the nickname and color scheme, Boston's AL franchise snapped it up.
 
2013-04-02 01:26:48 PM

Decillion: I would love for one owner to troll them and change the name of his team to The [City Name] Devils. It would be worth it for the reaction alone.



if i recall correctly, when the Pope gave a mass at Tempe's Sun DEVIL Stadium in the 80s, ASU covered up the word "Devil" and the pictures of Sparky, the ASU devil mascot.
 
2013-04-02 01:38:17 PM

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That's making me laugh.
 
2013-04-02 01:41:25 PM
Because some bozo won a name-the-team contest?

<click>

Yeah, pretty-much.
 
2013-04-02 02:03:35 PM
knew most of those.
 
2013-04-02 02:21:05 PM
Phillies = duhhhhh
 
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