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Monday, January 23, 2012

"What's In A Name?"



I thought of that infamous line in William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet today.  Indeed. What is in a name? Do people really care about names?  I for one, LOVE my name, first and last.  I can't imagine being called anything else.  And then there are those of us who take a self-proclaimed ownership to certain names such as for our pets and oh, let's just say,  a certain professional sports team.  Apparently, it is not enough that Houston's sports teams remind us year after year, that our city is cursed. (it has to be!), and it's not enough that the Houston Astros (our professional baseball team) will be playing in the American League (excuse me, I just threw up a little in my mouth)  come 2013.  But today I learned that the team's new owner is considering changing the name of the team!  That's just beyond ridiculous to me.  I've been a baseball fan since I was seven years old and my dad took me and my then toddler brothers and sister to our first game in the now defunct Astrodome.  I have been a die-hard Astros fan ever since.  I still have that stupid orange, spongy hand that forms a #1 sign, that I got at the first ever  playoff game in 1980 against the Philadelphia Phillies.  I was fourteen years old.  I just can't fathom this team being called anything but Astros.  Sure, we've taken our licks throughout the years.  Names such as "Lastros" and "Disastros" come to mind.  But so what?  The team hasn't always been bad.  Why mess with a good thing?  Astros is synonymous with the city, with NASA -the remnants of it anyway.   They've had that name for 47 years.  -The entire franchise history.  What's up with that Mr. New Owner???  Oh and he also wants to change  their uniform.  Again.  They've gone through quite a few throughout the years.  Some good, some very bad.  This newest development has awakened the masses and let's just say, "ain't nobody happy in H-town"  Only time will tell and hopefully, the name stays.  I'll be awfully pissed if it doesn't.  I mean I'd have to buy new caps and tees! Do you know how expensive that's going to get???  On a related note, I put in my request to be off on April 6th since it's a very important day.  What's so important you ask?  Why, it's Opening Day of course!  If you are new to my blog, Opening Day is the first home game of the season and for the past seven years now, my partners in crime aka Michelle and Maricela and I  have taken the day off to attend the days festivities and then top it off with the culminating moment of watching the game.  Good times will be had for sure. So you see, it's a super important day to me.  Well, this morning, my boss approved my request -no questions asked.  I got all excited and giddy and immediately put it on the firm calendar like the great employee that I am.  It was then that I realized that there was no need to ask for that day off being that it's Good Friday and we're closed that day.  Talk about bursting my bubble!  Whomp whomp whomp wahhhh!

But enough about me.  How was your Monday?

7 comments:

'Yellow Rose' Jasmine said...

After 47 years, changing the name of a sports team?! That's like sacrilege or something. Take it from one who has changed their name- it is a big deal, even though for me it is one of the best things I've ever done. But you have to be careful. And it just doesn't seem like a good idea in this case.
And to your question: I'm just happy to be done with the big snow out here!

Belle said...

No wonder your boss said yes! lol
I hate it when they change a teams name. Why, why do they do that? I also hate it when another city buys a team. The Los Angeles Rams was a team I grew up with and one day I found out they were playing for some other city! St. Louis! What the hell!

Have a great opening day.

CWMartin said...

Your new owner is an idiot- that has to make you feel good. All about marketing, the hell with tradition.

BTW, I cheer for the A's (even though I wouldn't be caught dead in Oakland) and we have done our darndest this off season to make sure you don't end up in last place. Let's just ignore the big guys and we'll have our own race this year.

The Frisky Virgin said...

WHAT?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! That's absurd! Changing the name of the team?! Ludicrous! I hope everyone makes their voices heard against this and Mr. Big Shot decides not go through with it. Ooh, that really ticks me off!!!!!!!! Tradition and sports go hand-in-hand in my book. Boo on him!!!

Yvonne said...

YRJ-It's totally sacriligous!!! I've never seen real snow!

Belle-ha! I think the owners have much more pressing issues than to ponder about changing the name of the team.

CW-um, yeah, I feel MUCH better. ha! He's a total moron! I like your idea, my people will call your people!

FV- Girl preach it to the choir!!!!

Kelley said...

My dad is so sad about it all! He was bummed about the American League, but now this?? It's like a friend has died! I've got to go have a good cry now.

Yvonne said...

I know what you mean. My entire family is in mourning. Let us keep our dignity man!