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2006-09-17 11:37
by Bob Timmermann

The Red Barons aren't really rolling up the score when it comes to merchandise.

This article from the Scranton Times-Tribune, via the AP wire, discusses the problem that the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons have in marketing their team. For starters, nobody likes the logo, which is pretty boring. Also, people wonder why a baseball team in Pennsylvania is seemingly named after a German World War I flying ace.

Turns out, the team isn't named after Manfred von Richthofen. The name is a melding of the nicknames of the old Scranton team, the Red Sox, and the old Wikes-Barre team, the Barons.

Changes will be afoot as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (celebrating diversity in punctuation!) as the Phillies are ending their agreement with the team to use Ottawa in 2007, which is moving to Allentonw in 2008. The Yankees are giving the Phillip Roth treatment to their farm team in Columbus and maybe interested in moving into "SWB."

The Red Barons play in neither Scranton nor Wilkes-Barre. They actually play in Moosic.

2006-09-17 11:59:43
1.   Philip Michaels
Obviously, the Red Barons need to change their name to the Sopwith Camels.
2006-09-17 12:05:27
2.   Bob Timmermann
I would think that "Red Barons" would be a non-starter with the Yankees. Steinbrenner wouldn't allow it.
2006-09-17 12:11:02
3.   Linkmeister
Rename themselves the Moosic, then. Works for the Nashville Sounds.

Then they could use the Doobie Brothers song as a theme (with all royalties paid, of course).

2006-09-17 12:19:24
4.   Greg Brock
Jeez, just think how bad the merchandise sales are for the Appleton Rockin' Rommels.
2006-09-17 12:54:18
5.   xaphor
4. They were a staggering success next to the Tarzana Angels of Death.
2006-09-17 13:02:25
6.   Eric Enders
Ah, Moosic, sweet Moosic. A town I am intimately familiar with thanks to this infernal Deadball book. Did you know every ballplayer in major league history before 1920 was from Northeastern Pennsylvania?
2006-09-17 14:00:29
7.   Linkmeister
6 What? Eric, you're slinging hyperbole or something, or you've gotten a textbook similar to my 7th grade Virginia ones, which intimated that the only important Presidents of the first 60 years of the Republic were the ones born in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
2006-09-17 16:46:09
8.   Greg Brock
I once argued with a Virginian that the only reason for the Virginia dynasty was population, not genius.

He wasn't open to my ideas.

2006-09-17 16:48:50
9.   Linkmeister
8 I wonder how Texans feel after the past 5+ years.

Actually, I know how Molly Ivins and Jim Hightower feel. I wonder how the average honest Texan feels.

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