Mail bag: It’s still a terrible name

Jordan offered a chance for me to write about York’s terrible team name, and he’s going home with the tickets this week. We didn’t even penalize him for saying he liked the name, “Revolution.”

As usual we’ll be giving out even more free tickets next week.

But we have to make you work for them. Our weekly feature — the Inside Pitch mail bag — relies on YOU, dear reader, and if you participate, you’ll get a chance to win two vouchers to a future York Revolution home game. Here’s how it works:

Post your Revs question in the comments section of this blog post. You have until 3 p.m. Friday, June 29, to submit a question. Posting your comment is your entry into a random drawing for two vouchers to a future York Revolution home game.

Check back on the blog on Saturday: We’ll answer one of the submitted questions, and we’ll announce which random commenter won the ticket vouchers.

So comment on this post, ask a question, and impress Youngstown Will. You just might win some tickets.

Be creative with your questions: Something you’re curious about, our insight into the team, predictions for the season or trivia that you haven’t been able to answer. Questions with a “yes” or “no” answer aren’t any fun, and the better the question, the more likely we are to answer it! Check back each Saturday to see the latest delivery from the mail bag. We’ll keep it going until we run out of tickets or you run out of Revs questions. And now some answers …

Question: What was the deciding factor to go with the name Revolution? If you look at other team names from the Atlantic League, or even minor leagues, they all seem more playful and less serious. The Revolution seem different, just curious how that came up. Did you have a list of names? (For the record I like the Revolution name choice)

Answer: For the record, we don’t penalize you for poor taste. The name Revolution was selected by the residents of York who voted in a name the team contest in 2003. The contest was held when owners still planned on placing a new downtown stadium at Small Field, the current athletic field for William Penn High School. An unpopular choice with some in the community, the site of the stadium was eventually moved, but no new contest was staged.

The ownership group announced five finalists pulled from that 2003 contest in 2006. Fans could vote for: Choppers, Dukes, Revolution, Steel Horses and White Roses. It seems obvious somebody wanted a Harley-Davidson connection. But the team could have been in a bad spot if that happened. For one, I don’t know of any advertising money ever spent at the stadium by Harley. Two, Harley almost pulled out of York County a few years ago, a move which probably would have sparked a new name the team contest.

York’s then-mayor, John Brenner, backed the name Revolution. He felt it was a name York could market for tourism.

My problem with the name is simple: The contest never took into consideration the stadium’s location. All the suggestions listed as finalists were filed before the current location was even selected. So even though railroad tracks run on either side of the stadium, a unique feature for a ballpark, fans never had a chance to select a name that identified with this unique section of the city. The league already had the Somerset Patriots, it didn’t need a Revolution as well. Besides, I don’t think anyone automatically thinks “American Revolution!” or “Continental Congress!” as soon as the name York is uttered. That was a point hammered home this offseason when the Revs front office opted to tinker with their logo in order to stress York’s manufacturing roots in the Industrial Revolution and distance itself from a war.

Hey, it worked out. Matt O’Brien and Greg Vojtanek came up with the idea of a home run cannon. And it still makes me jump if I have my head down in the press box. But the name is not a good one.

Question: Curious. Who besides Andres Perez has hit for the cycle with the York Revolution? The website said he was the 2nd Rev to do it.

Answer: Center fielder Scott Grimes became the first player to hit for the cycle at Sovereign Bank Stadium in 2011, accomplishing the feat (hitting a single, double, triple and homer in the same game) on his 28th birthday on Sept. 15. While Perez singled in his final at-bat, Grimes needed a homer. Both accomplished the feat in a seven-inning game that was part of a doubleheader.

Question: What game was most attended and how many fans packed into Sovereign Stadium?

Answer: Sovereign Bank Stadium’s biggest crowd was 8,053, set at last year’s Atlantic League All-Star Game. Packers fullback, and former York County resident, John Kuhn (pictured at right), threw out the first pitch. The Revs largest crowd was the July 4, 2010 game against the Bridgeport Bluefish, when 7,412 fans showed up for the game (and some fireworks).

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9 Responses to Mail bag: It’s still a terrible name

  1. Rick Meckley says:

    Hey, Jim! Are you too politically correct or what? We may (or may not) have been the “First Capital” of the United States, but York is revolutionary just the same.

    If you’re so smart, what name would you have come up with? Huh? Huh, huh?

    • Jim Seip says:

      Rick,

      Good point: Give us an option instead of just complaining.

      I’ll post my name choice from way back in 2006 in the upcoming mail bag. Thanks for the post.

  2. Jordan Billet says:

    Awesome to see I won, but offended you called me a “she” throughout the article. I’m a guy Jim, not a girl. But thanks! So I suffer from poor taste and you suffer from ignorance. Unisex names exist.

  3. Jen says:

    How did they chose what and who(Downtown) their mascot would be.?

  4. Big Joe says:

    What happened to the live auditions for singers of the National Anthem for the York Revolution this year? It was all done via computer, which I’m sure hurt a lot of individual’s and group’s chances to perform.

  5. Angie says:

    Where there no other locations available for the stadium, seems to be a seedy part of town?

  6. Adam says:

    What happened to velcro man and has anyone caught a homerun to win $5,000?

  7. Heather says:

    I was recently at a game and noticed the two new additions to the outfield wall….the tiny blue flags. I know they represent the years the Revs have been champions but really two small flags?! Who decided on that? Shouldn’t we be proud of our team’s accomplishments and have a banner or something else bigger?