New York Mets Even Have Grammar Problems

Andrew KahnCorrespondent IDecember 18, 2008

Heckle-inducing relief pitchers Aaron Heilman and Scott Schoeneweis have been traded, replaced by All-Stars J.J. Putz and Francisco Rodriguez. While the Mets have fixed their bullpen issues, they still have some grammatical problems.

The Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets is the Buffalo....Bisons. This narrowly beat out Buffalo Deers and Buffalo Fishes.

The plural of bison, as many know, is bison. If you have a field full of bison, or in this case, a baseball field full of bison, you have just that: a bunch of bison.

"Bisons" is not a word.

"We've always been the Bisons," Brad Bisbing, Director of Public Relations for the Bisons, said in a phone interview. "We've had baseball in Buffalo for 124 years and hopefully we'll have it for another 100 years."

And not once have they considered a name change for the sake of basic English grammar rules?

"I get one or two e-mails a year about the name," Bisbing said. "But everyone knows our team name. It's part of our tradition."

So that's that. One-hundred and twenty-four years ago, an error was made, and nobody has bothered to correct it. Even this season, with a new partnership with a major-league club and therefore a new logo, the Bisons decided to stick with the name.

Sadly enough, even with the grammar error, I still like the team name better than the Mets' two previous Triple-A affiliates: the New Orleans Zephyrs and Norfolk Tides.

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