When I first heard the TinCaps name, I wondered how long it would be until the media and locals came up with their own nickname for the team or shortened it to something “cute”. Â Reflecting on it, I guess I didn’t wait too long because it was shortly after the announcement that a herbal reference began making the rounds. Â It was not assimilated into our local vernacular and I’ve not heard it much since. Â There does seem to be an affinity for nicknaming or shortening an athletic team’s moniker – for whatever the reason – much often to the chagrin of the team. Â (Remember the Wiz Kids?)
So today, I picked upÂ a copy of Frost Illustrated. Â Guess what? Â The writer of the article, after establishing the full name of the team once, decides to refer to them thereafter simply as the Caps. Â Now I’m not one to pick apart some one’s grammar because God only knows that I certainly could use a few refresher lessons on this myselfÂ – you know this if you read this blog frequently. Â However, if you’re lopping off the first part of a name, shouldn’t there be an apostrophe in there somewhere? Â (i.e. ‘Caps??)
What purpose does it serve to refer to them as the Caps? Â Is this simply a matter of laziness? Â I can imagine that not typing 3 letters – TIN – saved probably a quarter of a second every occurence, but really? Â Was it perhaps a move to save the ink needed to repeatedly print Tin? Â Or was it a space saving technique?
What bothers me is that the TinCaps have invested a lot of time and money into developing this name – and took a lot of heat from the community when it was first revealed. Â Currently, they are on top of the world with a 10-game winning streak as well as the successful debut of Parkview Field. Â Can’t we show them the respect they’ve worked so hard and unabashedly deserve?