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10 Things You Should Know About the Guardians of Traffic Statues, Since You Now Root for the Cleveland Guardians Baseball Team

The Cleveland Indians today announced they'll officially become the Cleveland Guardians. In preparation for rooting for your new hometown team, it's time to read up on the history of the Guardians of Traffic so that you can feel all nice and connected. Because admit it, you know very little about the Art Deco statues and might not even know that they're Art Deco.
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Where does the Cleveland Guardians nickname come from?

CLEVELAND — What's in a name?. On Friday the Cleveland Indians announced they will become the Guardians at the conclusion of the 2021 season. The team released a video on social media narrated by Tom Hanks to break the news. The Guardians nickname refers to statues just outside the stadium...
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Groot Is the Popular Choice to Become Cleveland Guardians' New Mascot

Cleveland’s professional baseball team will be known as the Guardians next season and Marvel fans think Groot should be their new mascot. Earlier today, news came down that the city would be unveiling their new branding and identity. You knew it wouldn’t take long for the Marvel fans to start up the jokes. Most of these are only added by the fact that a lot of people outside of that city have no idea what the Guardians name is supposed to be referencing. (The “Guardians of Traffic” are some giant statues that hang out on the bridge near the ballpark in downtown Cleveland.) Groot might have went over better as a mascot. But, you have to think that the team will be using clips from James Gunn’s film on the jumbotron after big moments. The director even joked that Rocket should probably be the logo on Twitter. Check out some of the best Groot ideas down below:

Cleveland changing name from Indians to Guardians after 2021 season

Known as the Indians since 1915, Cleveland's Major League Baseball team will next be called the Guardians. The ballclub announced the name change Friday with a video on Twitter narrated by actor Tom Hanks, ending months of internal discussions triggered by a national reckoning by institutions and teams to permanently drop logos and names considered racist.
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From 'dignified' to 'silly,' Northeast Ohio baseball fans react to Cleveland Guardians name

As an Akron native married to a woman from Chicago, Terry Hunt admits his marriage took a hit during the 2016 World Series. "We almost got divorced," he said. His fandom, apparently, runs deep enough to cause marital strain. But Hunt said Friday he is ready to let go of his team's old name, the one he grew up with and rallied behind, and embrace the Cleveland Guardians.
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Charita Goshay: Why "The Guardians" would be a good choice

Reports abound that the soon-to-be-former Cleveland Indians have selected a new mascot that pays homage to some of the city's most famous icons. Last week, CBS Sportsline reported that in a practice known as "squatting, someone in New York who is not affiliated with the team has trademarked the name Cleveland Guardians."

Cleveland's MLB Team Changes Its Name To Guardians After Years Of Backlash

Cleveland's Major League Baseball team has changed its name to the Guardians, ridding itself of a previous name that many found highly offensive. The team announced the name change Friday morning on Twitter, posting a two-minute video narrated by actor Tom Hanks. The team was formerly known as the Cleveland...

Happy Birthday to The Guardians of Traffic on the Hope Memorial Bridge

CLEVELAND — The Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, now called the Hope Memorial Bridge, opened on December 2, 1932. For past 88 years, the 4,490-foot long bridge has been known for its giant statues, the Guardians of Traffic. These massive statues symbolize the progress and protection of transportation for anyone who passes by...

'Cleveland Guardians': The 'trendy' pick to be the Cleveland Indians' new name

CLEVELAND — When the Indians first floated the possibility of changing their name last summer, several options immediately came to the forefront, including one seemingly favored by younger fans. Many feel "Guardians" could be the eventual final choice, both due to its connection to the famous "Guardians of Traffic" sculptures...
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No One Seems to Know Who's Responsible for Fixing the Lights on the Guardians of Traffic Statues

There are few more iconic visuals in Cleveland, save for the Terminal Tower, than the Guardians of Traffic on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge. They've long been visual shorthand for Cleveland, gracing t-shirts, professional marketing photographs, a million Instagram shots and TV commercials, and while we may feel they belong to Us, a question we've never thought to ask is who they actually belong to. That question arose recently thanks to Cleveland businessman Dave LaSalvia who, after noticing that six of the eight guardians' lights were out, started asking around about who was responsible for fixing them. The answer, from the city of Cleveland, ODOT, Cuyahoga County and Cleveland Public Power: Uh, not us. The Light Our Guardians Facebook page has documented some of his travails in his pursuit of the answer, and this week News Channel 5's Joe Pagonakis took up the case, getting the same run-around. "We've been communicating with five or six agencies," Cleveland city Councilman Kerry McCormack told Pago. "Figuring out who is responsible for the lighting should be simpler than this, there's no doubt about it. We want them lit. I jokingly said I'd go up there and do it myself." Pago asked City Hall, which said it was the county's problem. He then asked the County, which said not only is it the city's responsibility, but it's the third time in a year that City Hall has tried to slough off the work on the County. "There must be some way that we can get them all lit and let them all shine," LaSalvia told Channel 5, "which is exactly what I think most people in Cleveland want."

Smithsonian Curator on Why Cleveland’s Baseball Team ‘Won’t Regret’ Dropping the ‘Indians’ From Its Name

After 105 years and decades of protests by Native American groups, Cleveland’s baseball team will drop “Indians” from its name, report David Waldstein and Michael S. Schmidt for the New York Times. Since the name change process is still in early stages, rebranding will not take effect until at least the end of the 2021 season, team owner Paul Dolan tells the Associated Press’ Tom Withers.
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In Defense of The Cleveland Guardians

On July 3, the Cleveland Indians released a statement that in the wake of civil unrest and corporate soul searching the team would begin meetings to “determine the best path forward with regard to our team name.” It then stands to reason that the front office is taking a long look at the “Indians” moniker, and for the first time in 105 years there is a legitimate chance of a name change. Fans quickly seized on this news to pitch potential replacements and debate the best new name for the club, just as we did last week here at WFNY. While there are plenty of decent options, it seems to me there is one clear winner: The Cleveland Guardians.