Posted at 2:52 PM on April 29, 2005
by Josh Lee
I'll admit it: I'm not the most dedicated baseball fan. Things get in the way during the winter, and I don't follow offseason news as well as I should. So it wasn't until I looked at the box scores after Opening Day and had to figure out what "LAA" stood for that I discovered that the Anaheim Angels had moved down the road to Los Angeles. Except that they hadn't moved at all, they had simply renamed themselves in order to seem -- I don't know what. Less suburban? Less Disneyfied? All I know is that I giggle every time I hear someone say "The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim." Is that mean?
Never mind the fact that "Los Angeles Angels" is kind of redundant; how do you say this team's name in Spanish? "Los Ángeles de Los Angeles?" (Yes, I know, they're actually just "Los Angels de Los Angeles." I'm just saying.) It's retaining the "of Anaheim" on the end that makes the name truly absurd. It makes it sound like they're trying to claim nobility, as if Anaheim were a feudal estate. I wonder if we should start referring to the team's manager as "Sir Michael Scioscia, Lord of the Manor of Anaheim and Peer of the Realm of Southern California."
At any rate, the Twin City Twins of Minnesota will be hosting the Lords of the Manor of Anaheim tonight, a team that has overcome its tragic and unwieldy name to snag an early lead in the AL West. I'll be over here, trying to keep a straight face.