The Cleveland Indians baseball team announced Friday that the team change their name to the Cleveland Guardians. Actor Tom Hanks narrated the video announcing the name change, which came after the “Indians” name was criticized for years for being racist. Hanks once performed at the Cleveland Theater and is reportedly a big fan of the team. The video also features the song Little Black Submarines by the Black Keys, who are from Akron, Ohio.
Cleveland’s new name was inspired by the gigantic Art Deco statues on the city’s Hope Memorial Bridge, known as the Traffic Wardens. The team will keep its blue and red color scheme, and a new logo featuring a winged baseball is also inspired by the Guardians statues. The team will finish the current season like the Indians.
There was a positive reaction on social media to the new name, although some people had fun with it and others did not like the choice.
“Yes, we named our team after statues of bridges,” said one Twitter user.
The winged baseball logo attracted attention.
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Other people also noted that “Guardians” and “Indians” end in the same five letters, and joked that the team’s owners, the Dolan family, could save some money as a result.
Stay tuned for more comments on the name change on social media sometime soon. The Washington football team, formerly the Redskins, has yet to announce its new name.