The condition that the Florida Marlins change their name to the Miami Marlins as part of the deal for their new stadium has been well known locally for years. But the baseball-loving world at large (which we assume does not care much about the Marlins otherwise) apparently learned of the news last night during the MLB All-Star Game. The term Miami Marlins became a trending topic worldwide last night on Twitter as a result, and apparently most baseball fans have mixed feelings about the subject.
Some people seemed hopeful that the name change would help fans find the stadium:
Florida Marlins changing name to Miami Marlins? Now that we know what city they play in people can actually show up to the game now
Others pointed out that a name change worked out pretty well for the Tampa Bay
Of course our favorite is the geekiest. A newscast in Back to the Future II stated Miami (OK, the Miami Gators) would beat the Chicago Cubs in the 2015 World Series:
If the renamed Miami Marlins move to the AL as a part of realignment, Back to the Future 2 had the Cubs over Miami in 2015
Others assumed the Marlins were trending for the usual reason they make news:
The Miami Marlins are trending! Did they trade the entire team away again? #NobodyCares
True, it's not the clunkiest name in baseball:
Well at least its not the Miami Marlins of Florida
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However, there was still a large group of people who weren't aware the Marlins have always played in Miami-Dade County:
Tampa Bay Marlins will become the Miami Marlins in 2012. #MLB