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What's in a name?


First off, apologies for the short-termer fan post ... I've been reading AN long enough to know it's not particularly appreciated to start dashing these things out willy-nilly when I've hardly commented on this site. But ... this is a particular phobia for a NRAF like myself and I need some reassurance. Here's the link (I hope):

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120123&content_id=26441848&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb#comment_container

With the A's long rumored to be on the move (sometime, somewhere), I've always worried about the potential of a uniform and/or name change. I'm in Washington Nationals territory, otherwise known as the team formerly known as the Montreal Expos. Hypothetically, had I been unlucky enough to have been a non-resident Expos fan with no particular links to the city, moving the franchise to D.C. wouldn't have been a serious issue. Changing the name of the team, however, is unthinkable for me. I've been an A's fan since (as best I can remember) like 1977, and since I've never even been to the fair city of Oakland or even the Bay area (it's on my list, OK; it's just a long list), it's the team itself that holds my particular loyalties. That's not to say I don't care about the move; I do, since Oakland is undoubtedly THE bastion of A's fandom and I like my team to play in front of its truest fans (just wish there were about 10,000 more of you folks a night). But if move they must, I can live with it as long as they're still the [insert city/state of choice] A's, wearing green and gold. If ownership decides to generate some fan buzz or some crap like that in their eventual new locale by screwing with the name/uniforms/colors, I don't know if I can hang in there ... especially a name change.

I'm banking on a pretty damn solid history of winning championships and the whole 100-years plus legacy carrying some weight, but like I said it worries me. Anybody know the procedure or fee for doing something along these lines, and is it a real possibility or am I spooked over nothing

Since this is my first (and last for a while, promise) fan post, in case my link didn't work and you don't know what the hell I'm talking about I'm referring to the Houston Astros ownership acknowledging at least considering a name change

Also, a poll (sorry again):

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