The internet has weighed in on the Cleveland Guardians
The new name is in, and so are the verdicts from many on the world wide web.
The Cleveland Indians have changed their team name to the Cleveland Guardians, effective at the end of the 2021 season. They unveiled the new name in a video — narrated by actor Tom Hanks — posted to their social media accounts.
Cleveland opted to change its name after several years of petitioning and challenges from Native American groups and fans around the country who rallied against the team name and the controversial Chief Wahoo logo. Owner Paul Dolan also said he had an “awakening or epiphany” after the death of George Floyd.
Cleveland fans, Marvel fans and the rest of the internet had plenty of thoughts on the change.
“We are excited to usher in the next era of the deep history of baseball in Cleveland,” Dolan said in a statement. “Cleveland has and always will be the most important part of our identity. Therefore, we wanted a name that strongly represents the pride, resiliency and loyalty of Clevelanders.
“‘Guardians’ reflects those attributes that define us while drawing on the iconic Guardians of Traffic just outside the ballpark on the Hope Memorial Bridge. It brings to life the pride Clevelanders take in our city and the way we fight together for all who choose to be part of the Cleveland baseball family. While ‘Indians’ will always be a part of our history, our new name will help unify our fans and city as we are all Cleveland Guardians.”
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