The Cleveland Indians will soon be called The Cleveland Guardians.
The goodness it wasn’t The Spiders. While many will be upset with the news, despite it being a year in the making, the Cleveland Indians will officially be retired as the team’s current moniker and replaced with a new nickname; The Guardians. In a video released by the team on Friday morning, the new name was revealed, in lettering similar to what they’ve used in the past. It also appears that the team won’t be changing colors either, sticking with the red, white, and blue.
The new name takes its cue from the statues on the Hope Memorial Bridge, which has eight statues, dubbed “The Guardians of Traffic”, that overlook every vehicle that enters the bridge. It’s a nice nod to the landmark that helps make Cleveland unique.
The new logo has been released as well, and it’s tight.
According to The Athletic, the Guardians’ name will be the official moniker for the 2022 season and beyond.
The Guardians were the best option out there, even against the Indians
The Indians/Guardians are easily my favorite franchise in sports. So many great moments, great games, great players have been given to us by this organization. A name change doesn’t bother me one bit. The team will still be the team. With them nearing a new lease with the city, this is going to be an exciting time for the franchise going forward. Sure, a lot of people will be mad, because it’s easy to be mad these days. Yet, Bob Dylan said it best.
"The times, they are, a changin"
Thankfully, the new name works. It’s good, powerful, and inviting. It’s almost fitting it happened this weekend, with the Tampa Bay Rays in town, a club that changed their own name not that long ago and saw unparalleled success after they did it.
For the Indians/Guardians, this was the best option out there. Even with The Indians on the table, Guardians just works. It’ll take time for people to adjust, sure, but consider the alternatives?
The Avengers, after the Disney superhero franchise, was a real option. That might seem like a good idea until 30 years down the line and everyone is wondering why the baseball team in Cleveland is named after a Taco Bell movie that no one likes anymore. (I’m taking a shot that Demolition Man knew what they were talking about). Another awful idea would’ve been the Spiders. Just no.
Don’t give people with a very common phobia a reason to not come to the ballpark.
One that did work besides the Guardians was The Rockers, though that name already failed with the WNBA team that briefly occupied a spot in Cleveland.
All in all, Guardians is cool. It works.
This is going to be interesting.