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New team name: Jumbo Shrimp may be an acquired taste

Give it time to marinate and sink in.

That's what the owner of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp is asking fans to do if they don't like the new name replacing the Jacksonville Suns minor-league baseball team.

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Following the name change announcement, Ken Babby says he's aware that many Suns fans are angry about the change, but he also thinks most people will come around by Opening Day.

"It takes a couple of weeks, a few months (for most fans)," Babby said. "There will still be people, for months and even years, that sort of say 'Why? Why did you do this?' and that's OK."

It's something that Babby — who also owns the Akron RubberDucks — has seen before. He says many Aeros fans also reacted similarly when the RubberDucks were introduced in 2014.

"It's a very similar process," Babby said when asked to compare the two name changes. "(The RubberDucks) met initially with a great deal of resistance and we were OK with that. (The Akron) ballpark was full (on) Opening Day (the) first time we took the field as the RubberDucks."

Babby expects a similar sort of process to play out with the Jumbo Shrimp, though he admits that some fans will likely never embrace it, especially considering that the Suns have been synonymous with Jacksonville's pro baseball team since 1962.

When asked why the change to the Jumbo Shrimp, Babby answered that it was a "fun" and "quirky" name that went well with the "affordable family fun" theme and with Jacksonville's "Bold City" nickname.

"We wanted a brand that aligns with who we are as a community," Babby stated. "A logo with a tough, tenacious shrimp ... it's obviously paying homage to the military in the community (and to) Mayport shrimp. You see 'Jacksonville' with the river running through it, really paying tribute to the rivers and waterways of our region."

Not everything is changing, though. Southpaw — the team's mascot with the Suns  — will remain as the Jumbo Shrimp mascot. General Manager Harold Craw says getting rid of such a popular mascot was never seriously considered.

"He's great to have here," Craw said. "It just made sense to keep Southpaw here."

Craw and Babby both admitted that they expect to see a spike in merchandise sales, with Craw saying that the team's online store saw "a run" on Suns gear once rumors of the name change started swirling around.

Babby insisted that the money generated from those sales isn't enough to pay for updating all that needs changing, including the signage around the stadium.

"There's a belief that these kinds of changes are only made because of merchandise," Babby said. "Marketing and merchandise isn't the leading reason why you take something like this on. We're trying to build an experience that matches what we're building at the ballpark."

Jacksonville City Council member Tommy Hazouri — one of the six people who modeled the new uniforms during the announcement — said he's confident the team is making the right move by embracing this new identity.

"Ken Babby has really adopted Jacksonville as his home," Hazouri said. "I don't have any reservations when someone invests $25 million dollars or more in a team."

Cubs fan cracks open 32-year-old can of beer after Series win

It was a sip he waited 32 years to take, and while the beer was certainly flat and probably smelled awful, a longtime Chicago Cubs fan had a sweet taste in his mouth early Thursday morning.

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The Cubs won their first World Series title since 1908 late Wednesday, snapping years of frustration for their faithful fans. One of the team’s more devastating losses came during the 1984 National League Championship Series against San Diego, when the Cubs, seemingly on the verge of winning the pennant, lost three straight games after taking the first two.

During that series, one Cubs fan decided he was not going to open a can of Coors beer in his refrigerator until his favorite team won the World Series. Thursday morning he got the chance, as the Cubs defeated the Indians in Game 7, winning 8-7 in 10 innings. It was time to celebrate.

In a video filmed in the fan’s kitchen and posted to his granddaughter’s Twitter account, the man opened the can of beer and was about to take a sip when his son urged him to pour it into a Cubs mug.

“Let’s see what it looks like,” the son said. “Oh my God, it looks like a beer.”

But, oooh, that smell.

“It smells like hell,” the son said. “Dad, I think you should drink it and die a happy man.”

The fan actually thought about drinking from the cup, but he was talked out of that by family members. He did, however, pose with the can to his lips and “pretended” to sip the spoiled brew.

After all, the fan might be crazy about the Cubs, but he’s not crazy.

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Cubs fan travels 650 miles to fulfill promise, listen to World Series with late father

Wayne Williams promised decades ago to be with his father the next time the Chicago Cubs made it to the World Series, and he made good on his word Wednesday, covering more than 650 miles to listen to the game beside his father's gravesite.

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"I talked it out with my boys forever. I let them know that I told my dad -- we had a pact," Williams told WTHR. "When the Cubs -- not if, when -- the Cubs got into the World Series, we would make sure we listen to the games together."

Williams said his father, also named Wayne Williams, made him a lifelong Cubs fan and always had faith in the skill of the team. He was a signalman for the U.S. Navy during World War II and died of cancer in 1980, according to WTHR and The News & Observer.

With the Cubs on the cusp Wednesday of their first World Series championship in 108 years, the younger Williams made the trip from his home in North Carolina to Greenwood Forest Lawn Cemetery in Greenwood, Indiana. He set up in the cemetery's military section, pulled out his smartphone and turned on the game, according to WTHR.

He listened at his father's gravesite as the Cubs took the World Series championship, beating the Cleveland Indians 8-7.

Williams said his father would not have been surprised by the win.

"He would have said, 'I told (you), I told you they would (have) won,' " he told The News & Observer.

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Cubs win first World Series since 1908 in dramatic Game 7

The curse has been broken.

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In a suspenseful Game 7, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10 innings for their first World Series win since 1908.

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Half-sisters meet for first time at World Series

Laurie Green, an Ohio resident and Cleveland Indians fan, said there's no one she'd rather root for her team with than her sister -- even if her sibling is a Chicago Cubs fan. 

And attending Game 6 of the series together was even more meaningful because the two women had never met before. 

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Green, 54, was adopted in the early 1960s, USA Today reported. 

Three years ago, she tracked down her biological father and later began developing a relationship with his daughter, Selena Brosnan, who lives in Chicago. But the relationship was limited to online interaction. 

The two attempted to meet up multiple times, but each time, something came up. Three hundred miles between the sisters made meeting up especially difficult. 

But then Green, an Indians season-ticket holder, invited Brosnan to watch their teams rival off during the World Series. 

"Laurie had the ticket and invited me," Brosnan, 40, said. "We've tried to get together in the past but the timing didn't work out. In the frenzy and excitement of both teams making the World Series, this was the perfect opportunity."

The sisters said they didn't mind sitting next to a fan of the opposing team because they've wanted to meet each other for so long. 

"The fact both our teams are in the playoffs is so exciting," Green said. "I'll be happy if they win -- don’t tell my friends -- and she’ll be happy if we win, I'm sure."

Read more at USA Today.

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Tim Tebow hurts knee after awkward slide

Mets outfield prospect Tim Tebow left Monday's Arizona Fall League game with a right knee injury, reported.

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The 2007Heisman Trophy winner out of the University of Florida was on first base for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the bottom of the fourth inning when he attempted to steal second. He was thrown out by Peoria Javelinas catcher Austin Wynns and popped up holding his right leg, reported.

Tebow walked off on his own power after the awkward slide and left the game. He then visited a doctor to have his knee examined.

Tebow, who had singled in his first at-bat, has now hit in three straight games, reported. He is 5-for-34, a .147 average, and had a double, a run batted in and two runs scored in 10 games.

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder duets with Harry Caray at Wrigley

It was appropriate that the singer who once belted out the song “Alive” for Pearl Jam led the Wrigley Field crowd in a World Series musical interlude Sunday night.

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It was more like a duet, actually.

Eddie Vedder took the microphone for the seventh-inning stretch with a rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” as the Chicago Cubs remained alive with a nail-biting, 3-2 victory in Game 5 of the World Series. As Vedder sang, a Wrigley Field videoboard simultaneously played the version sung by Harry Caray, the late, beloved broadcaster of Cubs baseball games who died in 1998.

Vedder  dedicated “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” to Cubs catcher David Ross, who is expected to retire after this season.

On Twitter, broadcaster Peter Gammons tweeted that Vedder’s tribute to Ross’ final game at Wrigley Field was “a 2 min ban on dry eyes.”

The World Series resumes Tuesday night in Cleveland, where the Indians own a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Indians are looking for their first World Series title since 1948, while the Cubs are looking for their first Series championship since 1908.

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Divorcing couple fight over World Series tickets

“Take Me Out to the Ball Game” has landed in divorce court. And World Series tickets are at the heart of the matter.

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An estranged married couple have been fighting over tickets to Game 4 of the Fall Classic, which will be played Saturday night at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

Court documents obtained by The Associated Press from the Cook County Circuit Court say that Nancy Riddle submitted an “Emergency Petition For World Series Tickets.” Judge Marya Nega ruled that Riddle’s husband, John Riddle, can keep the tickets for himself and his 12-year-old son, but should pay for a new ticket for Nancy Riddle in a “comparable section of Wrigley Field.

With the frenzy surrounding the Cubs’ first trip to the World Series in 71 years, ticket prices have been at a premium — and costly. The cheapest available tickets begin in that section begin at $3,000.00. By comparison, standing-room-only bleacher tickets for Game 4 on Saturday are selling for $1,600 on StubHub.

The Cubs lost 1-0 to the Cleveland Indians on Friday night in the first World Series game at Wrigley Field since 1945. Cleveland leads the best-of-seven series, 2-1. The Indians have not won a World Series since 1948; the Cubs’ last Series title came in 1908.

John Riddle’s lawyer, Michael Berger, told the AP that his client landed the World Series tickets because he bought a season-ticket package deal with his friends this year before divorce proceedings began in April.

Berger is a fan of the Chicago White Sox and said he reluctantly acknowledged to the court during arguments before Nega that the Cubs "are a great team."

“Even if the Cubs lose this time, it is likely — regrettably — that they will be back to the World Series again soon,” he told the AP via telephone.

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