Thursday, October 11, 2007

Who Let the Dogs Out!

I was in the US during October and November last year, so I missed baseball season. So the past few weeks have been a learning experience. I still don't quite get why they do this, the Spanish-speaking countries tend to translate team names into Spanish, even though as far as I can see they're proper nouns. No one calls the Beatles Los Escarabajos, but when it comes to sports you wind up with things like the Medias Rojas de Boston - medias meaning "stockings" rather than socks. Chicago's team, meanwhile, is called the Cachorros, which does mean "cubs," but also means "puppies." Since there's nothing in the team logo to suggest bears, I'm assuming everyone here thinks of them as the Chicago Puppydogs. Awwww...

Then, of course, there are the Indios de Cleveland. Indio, at least in Mexico, refers more to Gandhi than to Sitting Bull (who's an indígena), so I have no idea who named them this way. It's also a bit of a slur, meaning "idiot" or "fool," and threatens to completely undo all the positive image reinforcement Chief Wahoo has done on behalf of the red man.

Also, that "Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooool!!!" thing Latino announcers do when calling a soccer match? The do it for home runs, too. It's awesome.

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