Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Laredo Generals? as in Washington.....or Villa?

Not exactly what you would call looking very presidential

La Sanbe, Laredo's most imposing blog, posted earlier today that the list of names for the "new" Laredo baseball team has been whittled down to six. I guess I'm being redundant because I don't think you can whittle up. In any event, believe it or not, one of the names still in the running is The Laredo Generals. From what I understand, that name was suggested because of our city's tradition of celebrating General George Washington's birthday.

Admittedly, chances are pretty good this entry will not be the winning one. But let's assume for a minute that it were. How can you convert the likeness of our Nation's revered  first President into a minor-league mascot? Will the team apparel feature a a scowling, snarling Washington meant to frighten the living daylights out of its opponents? Will it be appropriate to have a fan or team employee don the George mascot outfit for a few dollars per game? What if the person portraying Washington gets into trouble with the law and is carted away like a common criminal such as was the case with Bucky?

In order to stay away from all of those politically incorrect situations, the team might be forced to consider adopting a Mexican Revolutionary General as the team's mascot. It would be extremely tempting for the club's leaders to play up the warlike, fierceness of a Pancho Villa or Emiliano Zapata but that would be opening up a whole other can of worms. It should be obvious that if portraying George Washington as a minor-league baseball team mascot is not OK, then neither is it OK to attempt to do the same with any of the Mexican Generals.  Next!


  1. Here are some general suggestions:

    *General Erwin Rommel, Nazi general and subject of a TCM movie portraying him in a positive light in the wake of his participation in the plot to kill Hitler in 1944. Would that work?

    *Soviet WW II General Georgy Zhukov. His death squads on the eastern front would frighten any opponent.

    *If WW 2 era generals not your style, try out Spanish General Valeriano Weyler known as the Butcher during the Spanish American War.

    *General Nathan Bedford Forrest, the founder of the Ku Klux Klan. That would go over well, wouldn't it?

    *If Zapata and Villa don't work, try another Mexican general: the iconic Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. Post Texas Revolution of course.

  2. Generally speaking, you got some very good specific examples. How about General Juan Garrison de los polivoces? Ayiiiii!