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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders- What’s up with the new nickname?

April 11, 2013

I’ll have to admit,  at first I was not a big fan of the new name choose by the Yankees organization.  I understand the Railriders pay acclaim to the prominent Lackwanna railroad industry back when Athracite coal was king in Northeastern Pennsylvania.   I feel like this protrayal has been played out in NEPA and residents (especially younger ones) are becoming uninterested with the sports names that relate to mining and our railroad system.  It pays tribute to those that have served our area.

Examples: The Steamers, Miners, etc

However, I feel like these nicknames are not relatable to the younger generation.  For example, The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre shamrocks, name of the former lacrosse team that never came to be, was a a great team name that I believe young adults and children can accept.  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is heavily populated with Irish Americans and most who are not Irish recognize Parade Day has a significant day of the year in Scranton.

Even with that said the name is starting to grow on me.  Best of luck to the new team and hopefully the new ballpark will be a successful venture.


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