For nine games, The Missions Minor League Baseball team will be known as the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio. The San Antonio team is adopting the moniker during the Copa de la Diversión, a series meant to make Latino fans welcome.
The Missions are proud to announce that we will be known as the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio for nine games this season as part of MiLB's Copa de la Diversion!! #milbesdivertido https://t.co/MUQynmYkT8 pic.twitter.com/9F4ZnSrX1S
— San Antonio Missions Baseball Club (@missionsmilb) March 20, 2018
The name is specifically meant to honor abuelitas. “The club honors the matriarch of the Latino family, the Abuelita, and her symbol of strength, discipline, and love with its on-field persona for this special series of events,” the MiLB site reads. “The chancla has long been symbolic of the Abuelita as she maintains the structure and order of la familia.”
Other names for the tournament include Round Rock Chupacabras, Corpus Christi Raspas, and Brooklyn Jefes. But for some, the Flying Chanclas’ name is unmatched. Check out a few reactions below:
The Flying Chanclas de San Antonio is the greatest Hispanic sports team name of all time. I’m buying every single apparel piece they make available https://t.co/7LesNgWoDP
— Mak Popa (@makpopa) March 20, 2018
— John Elizondo (@johndelizondo) March 20, 2018
Minor League Baseball is going all out for "Copa de la Diversión", 33 completely new team names, logos, uniforms are in the process of being unveiled throughout the day.
— Chris Creamer (@sportslogosnet) March 20, 2018
Woooo! Competitors better beware the flying chanclas I know I’m still scared. https://t.co/THPN1BmeQP
— Puro Pinche (@PuroPincheSA) March 20, 2018
The San Antonio flying chanclas are now my new favorite sports team pic.twitter.com/rGYig4PcLX
— Parker Howie (@phowie54) March 20, 2018
— Evan Mathis (@EvanRMathis) March 20, 2018