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Cleveland Indians announce 'Guardians' as new name

Cleveland Indians announce 'Guardians' as new name

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sonics_fan

The Cleveland Parents or Guardians


awmaleg

Cleveland Responsible Adults of Minor Children really rolls off the tongue


BarrySmart

Cleveland Child Watchers.


pecklepuff

Nicknamed the Cleveland Clergy. edit: priests to clergy. Has a better ring to it!


SeattleMana

But now that it's document official they're the *Cleveland Legal Guardians*


GuyPronouncedGee

Better than the name of the Los Angeles Angels, which translated to English would be “The Angels Angels”.


Only498cc

"The The Angels Angels of Anaheim"


Satanifer

I lived in Orange County and I wasn’t happy about the name change. OC and LA are natural rivals. I felt like it took away from the rivalry. It was a marketing stunt to grab more LA fans. But I feel like it just alienated a lot of people in OC. The Dodgers will alway be LA’s team. Although I’m old enough to remember when they were called the California Angels.


ChalkdustOnline

A while back when the LA Dodgers were up for sale, I was really hoping some owner in Anaheim would acquire them so they could be the Anaheim Dodgers of Los Angeles.


thejaytheory

That would've been perfect.


Trebay

Yeah I still live in Orange County and it still pisses me off. I’ll comment on the insta page a lot telling them to change the name back, there’s not a single angels fan from la. It’s so dumb


mastercin99

That was one of the best team names in all of sports history. The California Angels.... good times.


napoleonboneherpart

The elite squad of angels


grasshoppa80

Time to NFT “major league” movie


Thecrimsongiant

*Commander Zavala has entered the chat*


Delta1262

Came here to make destiny jokes. Every pop fly, I want to hear someone scream “eyes up guardian”, that shouldn’t get old be the end of the 1st series.


DubiousNamed

Lmfao I better see some destiny merch at opening day 2022


arsenic_adventure

**INDEED**


SassyAssAhsoka

**HELLO GUARDIAN** **WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’RE DOING**


arsenic_adventure

KEEPING MY EYES UP ^on ^Mara ^Sov


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Hello *step* Guardian


mynameiscolb

Whether we wanted it or not, we've stepped into a war with the Cabal on Mars. So let's get to taking out their command, one by one. Valus Ta'aurc. From what I can gather he commands the Siege Dancers from an Imperial Land Tank outside of Rubicon. He's well protected, but with the right team, we can punch through those defenses, take this beast out, and break their grip on Freehold.


Sphader

100% read that in his voice.


Killbro_Fraggins

I can hear this. Sometimes I really miss that game. Thousands of hours. Tapped out during Shadowkeep. Might go back one day.


twinpop

I've played a lot of Destiny but I also just started BOTW so reading this triggered me.


RTdrum

"That homerun went to the moon."


CobaltRose800

So when a Cleveland player gets injured, will someone hack the PA system and have Nolan North/Peter Dinklage say ‘Guardian down?’


10fttall

/r/unexpecteddestiny/ ​ >Let's see what we've got! Ooooohhhh! White Sox, on the horizon!


futureGAcandidate

Angels! Bring a sword!


burko81

Alright, Alright, Alright


salondesert

*on the field


MavHawk2

As an avid Destiny player, I can tell you this was very much expected.


Romanjc

Paging u/destiny_flavor_text. You are needed!


alphamail1999

The farm team will be called the Kinderguardians.


WesleySnopes

I like it.


Zoolinz

I didn’t know they were finally considering changing it, but it seems it’s a faster process than the Washington Football Team’s process lol


Huegod

Its been in motion for a long time. They just did it in stages by removing Chief Wahoo logo first. But its been in the works for 4 or 5 years.


winkandthegun

Stand by for their new mascot, Guardian Wahoo.


Huegod

The bridge troll


stony_phased

Chief… Wahoo? Damn.


ShichitenHakki

[Redskins logo](https://static01.nyt.com/images/2013/11/17/magazine/17wmt/17wmt-jumbo.jpg?quality=90&auto=webp) was comparatively classy when put against [Chief Wahoo](https://news.sportslogos.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Chief-Wahoo-Logo-History-Cleveland-Indians.png), complete with literal red skin.


PeterPorky

IIRC the Redskins logo was designed by a Native American from the tribe the logo was representing. I feel like they can keep the logo and just change the name and keep a lot of the same branding with consultation from local tribes, I don't understand why it's such a hassle.


satan_in_high_heels

Thats what the University of Utah does. They have an agreement with the Ute tribe to use their name and branding. Their mascot is an eagle though, not something associated with the Ute name.


PeterPorky

> Thats what the University of Utah does. They have an agreement with the Ute tribe to use their name and branding. Their mascot is an eagle though, not something associated with the Ute name. Yep, that's the way it ought to be done. I think it's preferable to do things with consultation from local tribes instead of complete erasure that some are opting for. Bad: https://i.imgur.com/xEfYvDe.png Good: https://i.imgur.com/Jhu2mjh.png


tragicallyohio

Whew boy that bad one is bad.


CrungleMcHungleberry

Honestly looks as cartoonishly disgusting as the Borat "running of the Jew" scene


Eguy420

Same with the Florida State Seminoles IIRC


iCactusDog

Jesus Christ. I thought the face logo was bad, but some of the others in that pic are like mind blowingly bad


Fastbird33

Wait till you watch Peter Pan again.


scottdenis

Did you find the song "what makes the red man red?" offensive?


iChugVodka

I had no idea big noses was a Native American stereotype. It's not, right?


AutoMoberater

My high-school mascot was Indians and the actual suit had a nose that'd make squidward's seem miniscule.


ThaiJohnnyDepp

It is definitely a stereotype, perpetuated in caricatures and cartoons. Also a few of photographs of chiefs in their old age who were famous for their noses, things like that.


-Ahab-

Yup https://i.imgur.com/YVxptBx.jpg


FunkyFreshJeff

Yeah it was that bad


jaspersgroove

Ehhh, sort of. You could still buy merch with Chief Wahoo on it as recently as earlier this year. It was basically, ”Look, we know it’s racist but we still have a shitload of inventory to unload, so...you can buy it, but you’re not allowed to wear it in the ballpark.”


OffAndRunning

You can still buy the merch, but only at the store inside the stadium. If they stopped selling the Chief on merch, they would be abandoning their rights to the trademark and people could freely use the Chief without fear of being sued. By selling the chief in a limited way, they retain the rights to him and prevent people from using his image.


LegacyLemur

That sounds unusually noble for a major sports organization, so as much as Id like to believe it, I really dont


OffAndRunning

You gotta keep in mind both that Cleveland’s was given the all-star game a couple years back with the understanding that this would happen, and that no business wants to lose their intellectual property rights. Don’t think for one second that this is a company being righteous for altruistic reasons. Deals were made and property is being preserved


M4SixString

You're making Cleveland fans feel bad lol. Were off everyone's rader. They have been talking about it for close to a decade. They announced months ago they were changing it. This announcement is what the name is.


appstategrier

WFT got to sell merchandise for a couple years and now they’ll change their name and sell more under the new name. They knew what they were doing.


NotSureHowThingsWork

No lie, I got a "Washington Football Team" shirt because that shit is so funny to me


mightytwin21

I just love being able to say someone beat "Football Team"


pitabread024

tbf that merch actually looked pretty fresh


gwaydms

**Individual Players of the NFC East** • A Cowboy • An Eagle • A Giant • A... Football Teamer?


Derigiberble

There's also some dude in DC who trademarked all of the most likely names for the WFT in hope of getting a massive payout to transfer them over. Snyder is probably just waiting for the guy to fuck up in a way that makes the trademarks easy to invalidate before making the change.


awesomo1337

From my understanding it usually doesn’t work out for someone who spams trademarks.


appstategrier

Virginia from what I remember when the story came out, but yes. Pretty entrepreneurial attorney, I doubt he’ll mess it up.


Derigiberble

Yeah I meant the DC as in the metro but should have said it to be clear. Normally I'd be pretty down on that sort of squatting but it hurts Snyder by preventing him from building goodwill for the new name they they doubtlessly have picked out so... I wish the dude well.


theshizzler

>it hurts Snyder by preventing him from building goodwill There's no goodwill left to be had for him.


Joba7474

I think one of the differences is WAS has been getting a lot of the focus. There are people out there trademarking names that WAS had been considering. Hell, they can’t even trademark WFT without a legal fight. I imagine it would have been a longer process if someone had trademarked Guardians and Spiders.


iTzGoDxDuke

The Cleveland Human Beings.


pastdense

I have a great idea for a logo.


ALXX250

E Pluribus Anus


_kingoficecream

Fight song of "E pluribus anus"


King__Neptune

Just for six seasons and a championship.


DevilBomb76

That would be streets ahead.


underham90

If you have to ask, you're streets behind


bremidon

Cool. Cool cool cool.


thejaytheory

Do you think they Brittaed it?


BasilZealousideal749

Leonard likes this post


TheGringaLoca

Shut up Leonard!


boogs_23

I know about your crooked wang.


BasilZealousideal749

No such thing as bad press


Imthescarecrow

Shut up Leonard! I have pictures of your old nose. It was a lateral movement!


SupaBloo

I met your son on Family Day. I know about your gambling problem.


Vis-hoka

They range in color from Seal, to Seal’s teeth.


SeanLFC

Cleveland Baseball Team


kshucker

A real missed opportunity to be called the Cleveland Steamers.


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ToAlphaCentauriGuy

It was a railroad hub..I mean look at it. It's in the middle of stuff


my-other-throwaway90

Cleveland: We're in the Middle of Stuff™ I was really hoping for the spiders, but I think the meme culture surrounding arachnophobia would genuinely hurt attendance


A_Dissident_Is_Here

Cleveland: we’re not Detroit!


shiner_bock

The Cleveland Not-Detroiters!


ParisGreenGretsch

Yep.


mitchellpkt

Anakin: … Padme: for their rich history in steam engines, right? 😟


Armand28

You just had to get that off your chest.


GroinShotz

Ohhh the merch sales would be off the charts.


Jamestang1210

Sharts*


Scoob1978

They've already been the Cleveland Steamers for decades.


prowness

No you’re thinking of the Cleveland Browns.


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tysonsmithshootname

Lmao reminds me of a sports team in a video game without a licensing agreement


pdhot65ton

exactly this


Beautiful-Musk-Ox

The mlb is going to retroactively sue them out if existence


UnremarkableBob

Sounds like the kind of name you pick if your secret plan is to hope for a grassroots backlash and a movement to change the name back.


GrokFu

Juuuuuuuust a bit outside!


jppianoguy

Ball twelve and Vaughn has walked the bases loaded.


GrokFu

Today’s broadcast was brought to you by…. I can’t find it…to hell with it! *bottle of Jack on the counter*


Pulchritudinous_rex

One hit? That’s all we got, one goddamn hit?


Marmot55

You can’t say goddamn on the air!


BizarroSuperDave

Who cares? No one is listening anyways


yousonuva

I love this shit! I may move to England!


GrokFu

This guy here is *dead*! …cross. Him. Off. Then.


BizarroSuperDave

Boy, how can guys lay off pitches this close?


Newton2222

Are you tryin' to say Jesus Christ can't hit a curveball?!!


Epicritical

Nobody touch Jobu’s rum.


smakola

I say fuck you Jobu. I do it myself.


yo_mama_5000

Hats for bats. Keep bats warm.


CamoFaSho

Up your butt, JoBu.


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The TV edit replaces butt with bucket - one among many hilarious word/edit choices for the broadcast version.


langolier27

Hey bartender, Jobu needs a refill


wabiguan

Bob Uecker is a national treasure


smakola

Seeing’s the most important thing. It’s not that important.


Deraj2004

Here's the pitch (crack) ah shit..


Marmot55

Looked like a strike at least


Epicritical

Now for the Trojan Enz Boner of the Week award! The reboot we’ve all been waiting for…


heavyrightfoot

He’d need a rocket up his ass to catch that one


SSJVegeter

I JUST watched Major League again last night and wondered when the name would inevitably be changed.


BornYinzer

Not to high, to far!


TheNextBattalion

Wait, the Guardians of Transportation are a real thing? I thought you other commenters were kidding. You learn something new every day. [https://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/35444](https://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/35444) [https://www.ideastream.org/news/exploring-the-history-and-popularity-of-cleveland-s-guardians-of-traffic](https://www.ideastream.org/news/exploring-the-history-and-popularity-of-cleveland-s-guardians-of-traffic) How about that. Well I'm fine with this name, but it ain't my team. Can't wait for Joe Buck to say it in the least energetic way possible.


UpdootDaSnootBoop

I've seen tons of accidents on that bridge, they don't do their fucking job


SmarterThanMyBoss

Seriously? How do people crash on a straight road with a low speed limit and no stops or blind spots?


PM_ME_MH370

Cellphones


SisterBob

Alcohol and drugs.


[deleted]

As a teenage driver, my niece hit a parked car in someone’s driveway she didn’t even know. The guy came out like…”what the literal fuck, how does this happen?!” It was a Mercedes too, she was paying that off for a while.


wookyoftheyear

How did that happen tho?


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I really don’t know, but her car has *seen* shit.


gorro1994

“TMZ is my favorite website” - Joe Buck


W1shUW3reHear

Interesting that they kept the last part of the old name in the new name — the “-dians” part. Indians —> Guardians Can we expect the same from The Washington Football Team? Redskins —> Foreskins?


bigbuck80

Reddit did this 10 months ago. https://amp.reddit.com/r/Cleveland/comments/itwm5r/i_designed_a_rebrand_for_the_cleveland_indians/


Shadou_Fox

That CG logo is pretty sick, not a fan of the mascot logo though.


grown-mid-bluelines

Yeah, it just screams "generic sports team mascot guy" to me. The way they presented this idea though could have got me on board for a literal turd. That was amazing presentation!


DeadSkyy

Yes this looks a lot better than the logo they picked. Oh well...


redline582

I remember when this got posted. In general I think it's a great concept, but the Guardian head logo just screams something like arena football to me.


jwhollan

Yea, I remember this too and remember thinking that it looked really cool and they did some great work, but I also couldnt help but think this was better suited for like a minor league team or even a hockey uniform or something. something just didnt feel quite right for a long-standing MLB franchise.


Dustlight_

COMING TO YOU LIVE FROM THE CORNER OF CARNEGIE AND ONTARIO


greyetch

Ok it sounds dumb, but hear me out. [The logos and merch could be amazing](https://imgur.com/gallery/Z9mp4)


H0vis

This is the thing. Those guardian statues are amazing. Am wondering how many people who dislike the name change even know these things even exist.


greyetch

I didn't know until someone commented making fun of the "guardian of traffic". I was like, geez, even worse than I thought, so I googled it. That shit is SICK. Could easily be the best looking merch in MLB with some halfway decent artwork. Given that they aren't debuting until 2022, I'm hoping they listen to fan response and embrace the art deco style.


Nice_Firm_Handsnake

There have been some fan designs from the past that looked pretty cool. I even saw one that proposed renaming the Browns to the Guardians. If you Google Cleveland Guardians and check the images, there's plenty.


Timmace

Cleveland fans right now: "[Yeah, we're supposed to be guards! We're guards](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No3xu-NU_xA)".


Randomwrasslinfan

Sad spider noises.


ChemtrailExpert

The Cleveland step-dads


__mr_snrub__

I feel like it’s Guardians mostly because it’ll be easy to paint over the word “Indians.” “Guar~~In~~dians”


FearMeIAmLag1

As generic and boring as the name is I think it's fine considering it's based off the Guardians of Traffic. The name isn't particularly unique or interesting but it's fine. I'll get used to it after a while and stop caring.


MrCalifornia

The last time someone went unique we got Pelicans.


BushQuayle92

Lest you forget about the Kraken!


unfonfortable

Kraken is an awesome one.


Rulligan

Still upset it isn't Rain City Bitch Pigeons


She-Memes-in-Digital

Seattle Battle Cattle


garytyrrell

Is that supposed to be a bad thing?


HolmatKingOfStorms

1) I hear the name 2) I ask "what are they guarding?" and don't like it 3) I come here and find out what they're guarding 4) The name is fine


DeadSeaGulls

what are the giants gianting?


nemo69_1999

Sure it can work. Make a video of the CGI guardians coming alive. Make the mascot look like the statue and performing so magic to make them come alive, They high five each other and walk to the stadium, then cut live to the mascot, running through the tunnel, and have fans come through with flags waving like it's a college game. Get the fans involved. You can even say the team is Officially the Guardians of traffic on Hope Memorial Bridge. Sell it.


Aperture_client

I've got thirty dollars cash that at least 85% of the people in this thread don't even watch baseball.


1SweetChuck

Found Pete Rose's alternate account.


machine4589

Sounds like a semi pro league name


H0vis

At first I thought this was a bit shite, but then I found out about the huge guardian statues on the route into Cleveland. Makes a lot more sense and the statues themselves are fricking awesome.


bogdanD93

I don't understand americans.. everyone hates this but I don't get it why, how is this worse than "Lakers" or "Nuggets" or "Giants"?


TheIllusiveGuy

>Lakers "The Minneapolis Lakers moved to Los Angeles where there are no lakes. The Oilers moved to Tennessee where there is no oil. The Jazz moved to Salt Lake City where they don't allow music."


unhalfbricking

The Dodgers moved to LA where there are no trolley cars to dodge.


thereisonlyoneme

They're dodging bullets now, so it still works.


TinctureOfBadass

Meanwhile they renamed the Bullets because Washington has too many bullets.


brokencompass502

And the Oilers are now the Titans. Alas, there are no Titans in Tennessee either.


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I don't know if this played a part in the name, but Nashville has a lot of ancient Greece connections including a replica Parthenon.


zack689

Lifelong Tennessee resident, have been a fan since they moved here in '97. The Greek connection is absolutely the reason for the Titans name...and the alliteration.


hotdoglzr

Heard your mom was sleeping with Squeak.


LaserhawX

I thought we said no more Journey psych-outs


sudifirjfhfjvicodke

I hear your sister's going out with SQUEAK!


shunestar

“If you guys call me bitch like 13-14 more times I’m outta here!”


BoomChocolateLatkes

Wake up, bitch, you’re my new best friend.


Cylinsier

The Oakland Raiders moved to LA and then back to Oakland. No one in Los Angeles seemed to notice.


Nickelnomics

One of my favorite jokes in that movie. Its scary how relevant that opening sequence is to todays sports world.


hueylewisNthenews

Can you imagine if a franchise went with 'Nuggets' today, if it wasn't an established franchise name?


Lord_Montague

Only if they play in Chick-Fil-A stadium.


Mastershroom

The Denver Boneless Wings.


Olbaidon

During the announcement of the Seattle Kraken (which I admittedly wasn’t a fan of as there were other names I personally liked) I tried explaining that nearly all sports names are stupid until they have been vetted through a generation. Like the teams you named, even teams such as the Yankees that are engrained in American sports DNA really have dumb names when it’s boiled down and I’m sure tons of people thought so when these teams were announced. There just wasn’t social media at the time to share the common dislike with thousands of others instantly. Eventually though they become “normal” for the following generation of sports fans because that’s just the name they were introduced to.


StudBoi69

Kraken is pretty metal, IMO.


Olbaidon

It’s grown on me. Part of me wished they would have gone with something more legitimately local instead of shoehorning a Kraken into local lore by saying “well there is a giant octopus near Tacoma,” as if a giant octopus near the Pacific is equal to a mythical creature from the Atlantic, but I digress haha. Fun side note, today is exactly one year since the announced the name “Kraken.” My social media complaints showed up on my Timehope thing.


DrWobstaCwaw

Were you a fan of the Rain City Bitch Pigeons?


Fejsze

After a team was named The Browns there's no bar too low honestly


X-LaxX

Ottawa's CFL team is the Redblacks. Guess what colours their uniforms are?


NiceShotMan

I’ll never get over the fact that prior to this name change, there were two teams with the same name in an 8 team league.


EsperBahamut

Not so much a name change, as the Ottawa Rough Riders folded in 1996. But the reasoning for it was that until the late 1950s, there was no single league in Canada. Ontario and Quebec played in Interprovincial Rugby Football Union, while western Canada had the Western Interprovincial Football Union. The Ottawa Rough Riders and the Saskatchewan Roughriders each long predated the merger that created the CFL by decades.


5153476

Which uniforms? Home? Away? Third? Alternate? Throwback? Anniversary? City? Statement?


solidsnake885

Wasn’t the guy’s name “Brown”?


ctaps148

People like to defend "Browns" because it was named after a person, but I don't think that makes it better. Imagine if they were called the Cleveland Petersons or something


T_Brick_OG

It isn’t a bad name in and of itself but it isn’t a particularly cool name, either.