On Friday, the Ohio baseball team posted a video (narrated by Tom Hanks) to their Twitter account that detailed their legacy as a baseball team, what they represent, and the name change—The Cleveland Guardians.
“We are a city of fire and water; of trees and towers built through generations of blue collars and the brightest scholars and all of those who have worked harder,” Hanks said in the voice-over as you see statues and aerial views of the city.
“We remember those moments as we move forward with change. You see, there’s always been Cleveland... And now it’s time to unite as one family, one community, to build the next era for this team and this city. To keep watch and guard what makes this game the greatest,” Hanks continued.
Additionally, the message in the video continued to make waves for expressing “unity” for everyone as they are “loyal and proud and resilient.
“We protect what we’ve earned and always defend it. Together we stand with all who understand what it means to be born and built from the land. Because this is the city we love and the game we believe in,” Hanks added before he said, “Together, we are all Cleveland Guardians.”
People in the video comments didn’t love the new name (although it’s still superior to the previous one, of course).
“Zero thought was put into this… what are the fans [supposed to chant?] Let's go, Guar-Di-Ans? Let's go, GUARDS?? You can’t just name a team after an object and call it a day,” someone wrote.
“That seals the deal. I am no longer a Guardians fan. This team is a pure and utter embarrassment to the city of Cleveland. I officially will not be renewing my plan next season, nor will I watch ever again,” another added.
Someone else was confused as to why a beloved actor like Tom Hanks would be the narrator, as they wrote the following: “Why have Tom Hanks narrate this? He spent three years living in Cleveland in the 1970s but is a born-and-raised Californian. Halle Berry, Kathryn Hahn, Patricia Heaton, Tom Jackson, Clark Kellogg, Trent Reznor, or Jim Thome weren’t available?”
A fourth commenter wrote underneath the tweet, “I know! Why would you get one of the most beloved stars in the world to narrate this? Unbelievable…”
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