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[Nov. 16th, 2011|03:23 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
So, in 2012 the Frontier League, a baseball minor league in North America will have a new team based in London, Ontario. They need a catchy name for the team of course, so what could possibly be better, and more apposite than the name announced yesterfay, the London Rippers.

They have a mascot, too. Jack. Diamond Jack, to be precise. According to the team president and general manager, David Martin:

Martin said the character's name is Diamond Jack, a frustrated hockey player who found he could "rip" the cover off baseballs. Despite his talent, teams grew weary of the expense of replacing balls so Diamond Jack decided to form his own team in London, Ontario.1

This has caused some concern, with the people of London worrying about the possibly tasteless appropriation of the Jack the Ripper motif, but the team president and general manager David Martin isn't worrying about that:

"That (Jack The Ripper) is not our story," said Martin, when told about the reaction.

"Ripping a ball is used in baseball all the time."

Well, you know, it seems unlikely that nobody noticed this other Ripper called Jack at any point in the development process, but let's give them the benefit of the doubt and have a look at this Diamond Jack character, a frustrated hockey player remember:

Ah. He looks very frustrated, doesn't he?

1London Free Press