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Attention media: Don’t call the Sacramento River Cats the wrong name or else you’ll be fined $1

Mar 21, 2013, 4:38 PM EDT

The Sacramento River Cats — who are often misidentified as “RiverCats” or “Rivercats” or “Ham Fighters” issued a press release today imploring the media who cover them to get the name right or cough up a buck:




Hey guys, that’s great. But before you start fining people, could you maybe add a space in your logo? Because that sure does look like “RiverCats” to me.

  1. gza385 - Mar 21, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Maybe if such a “river cat” actually existed, people would be more familiar with the spelling.

    • huffdaddyco - Mar 21, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      HEY! You didn’t capitalize River or Cat. That’ll be $1.00.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 21, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      No, gza, cats are widely known for their love of going swimming. So will they also get pissy if you refer to Sacto? And what are they fining themselves for misusing the word “comprise” in their press release?

  2. umrguy42 - Mar 21, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Out of curiosity, how are they gonna collect? I’m waiting for them to pull a press pass from some reporter who doesn’t pay his $1 fine.

    • bolweevils2 - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      I assume it’s a good-natured kangaroo court kind of thing, where they can’t really enforce it, but most people will probably admit it and pay the buck rather than try and save $1 that’s going to charity anyway. But if they did refuse, I assume nothing would come of it, except potentially being mocked over it.

  3. dowhatifeellike - Mar 21, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Getting my popcorn ready for when they try to fine their sponsors.

  4. Brian Murphy - Mar 21, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    If you spell it correctly, does make you uncharitable?

  5. brewcrewfan54 - Mar 21, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    This idea can’t backfire.

  6. Joe - Mar 21, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    The Portland Sea Dogs should implement a fine, too.

    For that matter, so should the Red Sox.

    • dowhatifeellike - Mar 21, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      Red Sox get an exemption because their fan base can’t even pronounce it correctly.

  7. huffdaddyco - Mar 21, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Umm. Have they looked at their Twitter handle?

    • Francisco (FC) - Mar 21, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      They did say twitter was an exception.

      • Panda Claus - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:47 PM

        What did they say about their website, “rivercats” dot com?

        I think they should just change the name to Sacramento AttentionWhores and save us all a headache. Notice the intentional lack of a space. If they add a space I’m charging them $1.00.

  8. vallewho - Mar 21, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Whats the fine on riBEr Kaht ?

  9. Samuel - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    I’ve always spelled it the way the logo appears, so unless they change that, they are the RiverCats

  10. elmo - Mar 21, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    That’s a questionable use of the word “iterations” in the press release. Also, the term “lone exceptions” is not appropriate for a list of three different items. So there.

  11. Minoring In Baseball - Mar 21, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    People just don’t get it. This is the minor leagues, and quirky things like this is what the teams thrive on, and it gets them into the press, which brings in the fans. When I was in Cedar Rapids, I caught a foul ball at a Kernels game and was awarded a ‘lifetime contract’ with the team. No, I didn’t show up the next day with my cleats and glove. It’s things like this that make the minor league special, and, in my opinion, much more fun than the majors.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 21, 2013 at 9:57 PM


  12. albertmn - Mar 21, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    I would strongly suggest that all media just ignore the River Cats, no matter how you spell it. Maybe they can just fold up and go away.

  13. crackersnap - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Oakland A’s affiliate of course. Billy Beane has found yet another market inequity that he can leverage to his advantage: spelling and grammar.

  14. skipcastaneda - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    River Cats do exist…..along the Sacramento River we call them stray cats or feral cats. They eat river rats. River Rats was the name of the Roller Hockey team in the mid 90’s.

  15. nodaclu - Mar 22, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    BBWAA President (and Oakland A’s beat writer) Susan Slusser wondered aloud on Twitter yesterday if this meant that the media could also institute a $1 fine for MLB teams that attach a city to their name that they don’t reside in (and looking squarely at the Angels while doing so). :-)

    Best (and possibly most underrated) writer in baseball. Hopefully the BBWAA presidency raises her profile a bit.

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