SAN ANTONIO – The Flying Chanclas swooped into San Antonio on Tuesday and the team name has already taken off with fans.
The club says it is honoring the matriarch of the Latino family, the Abuelita, and her symbol of strength, discipline and love.
The name change is part of Minor League Baseball's “Copa de la Diversión,” or “Fun Cup,” a season-long series designed to embrace the culture and values that resonate most with participating teams’ local U.S. Hispanic/Latino communities.
Here are some reactions on social media to the Flying Chanclas. The name was ranked No. 1 by Sports Illustrated as the best team name from MiLB's Copa de la Diversión.
This is the best one, though. Ladies and gentlemen ...— Mike Oz (@mikeoz) March 20, 2018
THE SAN ANTONIO FLYING CHANCLAS pic.twitter.com/r9lZyGpeyk
"The Missions are happy to announce that we will be known as the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio this season for nine game as part of MiLB's Copa de la Diversion."— Gil Rodriguez (@GillTheThrilll) March 20, 2018
The Mexican in me both wants this hat and is afraid of it due to all of the previous pain inflicted on me due to flying chanclas lol https://t.co/6YiKcapUSk— Ernie Valles (@ernie_V1855) March 20, 2018