Here we go again. Another name change. Another rebranding. This time it’s Cleveland. They’re losing the name “Indians” in favor of “Guardians.” But there’s more to this than just how to sell more merch and being “politically correct.” There is a much more horrible reality that we have to talk about. Let’s do that, shall we?
It’s not just the name “Indian” that’s being cancelled. It’s a person, Louis Francis Sockalexis. He is at the epicenter of the entire controversy. Louis was a member of the Penobscot tribe and is credited by many historians as being the first Native American to play Major League Baseball. He played for 3 seasons. All in Cleveland. He was a pioneer. He was the first. And he deserves to be remembered. Cleveland is going to do their best to erase him.
The sad part? It will work. In ten years only a handful of people will know the story of the first Native American to play Major League Baseball. And no one will even be curious. It’ll be like he didn’t exist. So, hooray Cleveland. You’ve turned something wonderful and good and true and replaced it with something bland and grey. The Guardians.
Who gives a shit about the Guardians? Nobody. Are the Guardians real? Well, there’s some statues on a bridge. They represent the Guardians of Industry. Which is kind of fitting in this case. The front office of Cleveland is guarding the industry of their wallets. THAT’S the only industry they ever really care about. They don’t care about the sport. They don’t care about the city. They certainly don’t care about the fans. They care about money. End of story.
So, goodbye Louis Sockalexis. An actual human being that accomplished something. You’ve been replaced with the Guardians of the wallet. It’s horrible.