It's has to be one of the top 5 most hated things for most people.
We like consistency. We like familiarity. We like tradition.
So when our local AA-baseball team, the Akron Aeros, out of nowhere changed their name to the RubberDucks Oct. 29, there was immediate outrage.
Maybe not to the level of controversy the Washington Redskins are dealing with right now (and yet still have the same name), or even the Cleveland Indians, but people I've talked to are mad and social media was a buzz.
Who wants to cheer for the RubberDucks?
Back in the day, when I was a child -- ugh, I feel so old writing that -- my grandpa used to take my brother and me to the Canton Akron Indians games. We got to watch the future stars of the Indians play -- Manny Rameriz, Sandy Alomar, Brian Giles, just to name a few. It was a bit of a drive from Cuyahoga Falls, but those are great memories.
Then, in 1997, they moved to Akron. Awesome, they would be closer!
But wait, what? You're changing the name... to the Aeros?
As a child, it was nice having a minor league team with the same name as the pro team. It made it easier to understand that they were all part of the same system.
But now I had to cheer for a cat? The outrage.
And purple as one of the colors? The travesty.
I was not a happy 13-year-old, but I came to terms with the fact since the team moved locations, I guess that meant they could change the name. After all, I watched another team move from Cleveland to Baltimore two years prior, and they changed names, too (and also went to that awful purple color).
It took a few years, but I eventually grew to like the Aeros mascot. Apparently, that means it's time for a change.
To the RubberDucks. Why?
Well, they do play in Akron, I hear some of you say. Rubber Capital of the World.
Yeah, that's a true statement -- or at least was about 50 years ago. Last I checked, rubber factories don't litter the city like they once did.
It's a silly name. And no one is scared of a RubberDuck. The first thing most of us think of when we hear RubberDucks is Ernie from Sesame Street in the bathtub serenading his little yellow friend.
If I'm an opposing team, I'm already shaking in my boots.
So, am I mad? Yes.
Am I going to boycott games? No.
Now that I'm older, I know minor league baseball teams change things up a bit more often than major league teams do for freshness. But still, RubberDucks? We can do better.
Alright, I think this qualifies as counting to 10.
Just don't bring up this nonsense about getting rid of Chief Wahoo from the Indians. There are some traditions I'd like to see stay intact.
Coffee with the Editor, Nov. 12
Side note, for those looking to attend a coffee with the editor to meet me at Yours Truly, it will be on Nov. 12 at 9 a.m. this month.
Usually I do these on the first Tuesday of the month, but that is voting day. I really don't want to compete with people who might find themselves in a line and already on a time crunch.
So stop by Nov. 12, maybe we can chat about the election results. With Hudson Board of Education and City Council seats up for grabs, along with Summit County issues on the ballot, people are sure to be happy or upset with the results from Nov. 5.
Hope to see you then.
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