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Reviewing team nicknames

Apr 15, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

My friend The Common Man is reviewing baseball team nicknames to see how their literal definition and description fits the teams to which they are applied. For example, blue jays, as birds, are kind of the jerks of the avian world, pushing out competitors whenever possible (query: did this contribute to the Expos leaving Canada?). Similarly, Cardinals, the birds, are non-migratory, which may bode well for Albert Pujols staying put as opposed to finding more fertile feeding grounds.

I’m not sure that TCM is going to get to them all — there’s scant scientific data on the traits of “metropolitans” and most varieties of “sox” — but it should be enjoyable while it lasts.

  1. APBA Guy - Apr 15, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    The obvious question: Are the Athletics…athletic?

  2. Ross - Apr 15, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Well, they’re certainly supporters of athletics…

  3. scatterbrian - Apr 15, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Well they’re more athletic than they have been in years past. They’ve definitely moved beyond the Jason/Jeremy Giambi/John Jaha/Matt Stairs/Olmedo Saenz/Erubiel Durazo brand of player.
    I assume you know their stupid nickname stems from the Philadelphia Athletic Club.

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