Steinberg: Christopher Columbus fans could learn something from the Cleveland Indians

Someone named “Seat Geek” sent me an email offering tickets to the White Sox for the match against the Cleveland Indians on Friday. I glanced at it.

“Did they change their name to’Guardians’?” I wondered. Yes, they did, but only after this season. Ah.

Indeed, I was able to get all the sentimental things that about a century of baseball tradition was abandoned. I’m crying about how I loved Chief Wahoo when I was a kid, and to be honest, I still do. How my mother was an Indian fan and her former grandfather.

But what do you know? The truth is, I’m an adult now, and I understand that the world isn’t all about me. I have my own values. It does not rely on the youth icon being permanently carried on the shoulders of the masses, as the plaster saints are raised high in the dusty village procession. Times change. Certain stereotypes will fly in 2021, but other stereotypes will not. Fighting Irish Leprechauns are OK, and Chief Wahoo can’t explain why they aren’t.

I can try: It has something to do with the Irish people coming here and doing pretty well, but Native Americans were already here and it didn’t work at all. Not after white newcomers did it with them. If the Irish Catholics hadn’t actually attended the University of Notre Dame, the grumpy mascot must have a completely different perspective.

Still, when I heard that Cleveland had changed the name to “Guardians,” I was frustrated. Leave it to Cleveland to choose unexploded ordnance. I was pulling a “spider”. It’s a very cool name with roots — Cleveland was a spider before becoming an Indian. And I’ve been to the University of Richmond and was so impressed with the cool Spider mascot that I was about to buy a Spider T-shirt.

But Guardian? what’s that? There was a raccoon movie “Guardians of the Galaxy”. And … what else? Guardian AdliteThe lawyer orders the court to make sure that the children and the elderly are not being abused by the people who care for them. Importantly, you don’t wear a sweatshirt.

The rationale is that the statue of Hope Memorial Bridge in Cleveland is called the Guardian of Traffic. I grew up next to Cleveland, and they aren’t exactly the icons of the beloved citizens. The hell, I didn’t establish a connection, and I was on the bridge relatively recently when I sent me to cover the coronation of Republican Donald Trump in 2016. Protests by medical personnel accusing him of his malignant tumor were diverged across a mile-long bridge to contain it. The Marcher literally couldn’t bypass the route without dying.

Opponents flow between the Guardians of the Galaxy at Hope Memorial Bridge at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Photo by Neil Steinberg

Sure, I noticed things. Don’t miss the 43-foot pylon quartet. Each has an Art Deco figure, and each has its own means of transportation (wagons, trucks, 1930s cars).

“Guardians of Traffic” sounds like the worst Marvel superhero movie ever. In the Bush League Avengers, Saltmen jumps on highway de-icing and a signal projects a flashing light onto the back end of a car changing lanes.

Team neutral term. Isn’t that what you want? The name without many associations where the club can imprint its identity. Now they can play the ball without kicking the past buckets of American murder. That’s a good idea.

I don’t need to point out the obvious, but sometimes it’s my job. Part of Chicago’s Italian-American community straddling the disgusting corpse of Christopher Columbus, pushing his chest and screaming, “Breathe, shit!” You should stop, look up, brush your sweaty hair off your face, stare at Cleveland and think. This is what you do when you lose a cultural battle and have an economic stake. If it’s not your dime, surely pump it away. But if you need to sell your ticket, you will eventually give up.

Remember that everyone is free to worship the person they like. I was able to light incense in front of the Chief Wahoo bobblehead doll. No one cares. This is to bully others and pay homage to the hero. More than Donald Trump really cares about Cleveland, the Italian-American identity is not tied to Columbus. “Such a shame,” he sighed.

Need to point out that the Fraternal Order of Police elements in Chicago’s Italian-American community trampy are all out for Christopher Columbus? Maybe they really love him.

Steinberg: Christopher Columbus fans could learn something from the Cleveland Indians

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