Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Sranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons are no more

Now it's the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Such an original name came about after months of exhaustive marketing and historical research. I'm told that the naming committee even undertook a pilgrimage to Babe Ruth's gravesite to consult a nearby oracle that read the entrails of a slaughtered goat to divine the the proper nomenclature. Wait a minute, that's the Cubs thing. When I first heard that the New York farm team was coming here I knew that would be the choice. The only delay was putting the new logo on all the overpriced stuff that is sold on the team website and at the stadium. The clowns that run Lackawanna County lost the Phillies franchise and come out of it looking like heros because they landed the Yankee's AAA team. Compared to this the Iron Pigs don't sound so bad. Excuse me while I throw up.

18 comments:

soccermike said...

I know...the Iron Pigs does make you throw up...

pope george ringo said...

The Logo sucks; the least they could have done was to put SWB somewhere on it. What the Hell does Uncle Sam's hat have to do with Baseball?? Maybe it would fit the Washington Nationals, but the Yankees? I always thought the name should reflect our area's heritage--but that's a limited pool. Let's face it--Red Barons was a goofy name--but Coal Barons would be passable. Or the SWB Miners, or given the other great long lost local industry, the SWB Seamstresses--{okay, forget that one}. Seriously, to baseball afficionado Gort, is there any other Pro Team that has a farm, AAA team which shares its big brother's name?? Good luck SWB. If anyone is interested His Holiness will be holding a sidewalk sale at the Vatican featuring Red Barons memorabilia.

Anonymous said...

Should have been the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Bombers, recognizing the area while giving a nod to the Bronx.

Bill Fitzpatrick said...

most AA teams have thhe name Reading Phillies, Bighamptom Mets
I think the Red sox AAA team in pawtucket is the the Red Sox or something sox cause they are called the PAw sox

mean old man said...

I'm angrier than Mark McGuire and Barry Bonds at a DARE rally over the sorry state of baseball in my beloved America!! In my day baseball was a man's sport not an excuse for a bunch of spoiled rotten manicured sissies to wear a uniform and pretend. Ol Ty Cobb would round the bases and if you got in his way he'd jam his spikes through your skull--and you'd walk off that field all bruised and bloody--and you'd love it!!!! And if a fan got rowdy with him he would get into the stands and ring your neck and it would be the greatest day that fan ever had!!!! And what about the ol' Babe--that was a ballplayer folks; a fat tub of lard who could outplay Derek Cheater and that whole prissy commie crowd any day of the week. Now the players need a "little rest" if they hurt their little pinky. Waaaaaaaa!!!! I once saw ol' Joltin Joe take a ball to the jaw--and it was swollen and the air was hot and muggy---but good ol' Di Mag kept on playing--even though it was killing him--he loved it!!! So don't give me any of your commie crap about the name of a stupid ball club--as for me they all should share one name---The Panty Wastes!!! Damn the Liberals and all their Politically correct commie BS that turned a great American Pasttime into a little girls game!!!! I hate you all!!!!!! Go to Hell Yankees--wherever you are!!!!

J. O'Manachain said...

Ugliest logo ever. Who else is never going to a game?

Bill Fitzpatrick said...

the tema should not do anything to pay tribute to New York, this is pennsylvania, They should pay tribute to our much more wonderful history than new york, I would say better government, but both stae governments are down the tubes and city wise Bloomberg sucks but he is better than street, eevn though u cant have trans fat in new york any more

Anonymous said...

Greatest thing to happen to your area since the Arena was getting the Yankees AAA in here.

LOVE the name.

"Whose going to go to a game" ??!!! -- Oh, I'd guess a few of the 40+ THOUSAND tickets sold in the first 48 hours might answer that question.

PA progressive said...

Look slike your favorite name "Bombers" bombed Gort. Too bad, that was more original than copying the parent club's name. Maybe all the neat names were taken.

Jennifer said...

Look, I could care less about the Yankees, but did anyone really expect them to name the team here anything other than Yankees? I'd be willing to bet that naming the team the Yankees was part of the deal to get them here in the first place. Professional baseball is not a game. It's a business. Did you hear what one of the Yankee bigwigs said when the new name/logo was unveiled? He said something like, "Being here gives us a chance to expand our brand." Our "brand." He used a couple more marketing buzzwords, too. And, he might as well have added that they are expanding the Yankee brand into an area that is now, for all intents and purposes, a suburb of New York City. It's business, which is all about money and, like it or not, Yankees = money.

Gort said...

Jen, You hit the nail on the head. Marketing, sales, revenue and BRAND.Suckers like me are still caught up in the history and tradition of the game. Maybe a purist like me or you should be commissioner of baseball and remind the players and owners of why we love the game.

PA, I didn't like the name Bombers.

Slobby, I'll be at the ballpark although some of the allure has worn off. The great thing about having the Phillies farm team is you got to watch players that were headed to the bigs. A hot prospect for the Yankees rarely gets above AA ball before being traded for a overpriced relief pitcher or aging bat.

Anonymous said...

That's all we need is a Red Sox fan giving his opinion on the nickname for a Yankees farm team coming to the area. I will say it lacked imagination, but how can you beat the best professional sports franchise BAR NONE!!!!! Go Yankees!!!!

J. O'Manachain said...

F that. Go Birds!

Anonymous said...

I'm a Sox fan and although my wife is a huge Yankees fan (no she doesn't like them because she thinks Jeter is cute!) I will attend a few games. What better chance to heckle soon to be Yankees although up until this year that wasn't the trend (Yankees dipping into the farm). I can't wait but I will not buy merchandise that says Yankees. I probably would have if it were a different name but now all the NEPA YAnkee fans (if any are left after the last six seasons) can roll into NYC with Scranton Wilkes Barre Yankee memorobilia. It's good for the area even better for us Sox fans because I'm saving my Heckling voice for the seasons to come. There's no greater thrill than having a pitcher come out of the pen after you heckled him and watching him load the bases!

LVDem said...

Oink Oink baby!

Anonymous said...

I don't remember hearing any complaints about the Penguins being named after the parent team...

PA progressive said...

OK, I was lost there, I meant you were bombed, lol. You folks can always come to Reading and watch our AA Phillies. A great time is had by all.

Gort said...

Sounds like a plan. Mrs. G likes to hit the Vannity Fair outlet and I've proposed coupling that trip with a night at the ballpark. See you in the spring.