There are about 12,000 people who might be considered a little upset as you read this. It's not really due to anything published in this newspaper per se, but a subject we have written about in this week's issue.
That, of course, is the naming of Nueces County's new baseball team - the Corpus Christi Beach Dawgs.
The problem? This team is based in Robstown, where the only waves that appear are not on a beach but are usually the result of tires strolling through flooded roadways. And, no, I am not insinuating this city is a flood magnet. It is a fact that some of its roads do flood, so let's move on.
Now, with the addition of the Beach Dawgs, this is the second semi-professional sports team to be housed in the city of Robstown and not carry its host's name. Case in point is the Corpus Christi Hammerheads, a member of the Intense Football League, that had its first season in Robstown last year after a tumultuous turn of events caused the team to lose its lease at the American Bank Center.
Of course, this shouldn't really come as much of a surprise if you stop to think about it.
The population of Robstown, according to the 2000 U.S. Census, was a little over 12,000 and had a median family income of $25,576. Of that number, 32 percent of the city's population was considered to be below the poverty level.
It goes without saying that it's highly unlikely a city of this size could support two sports teams, especially one with ticket prices as high as $50 per game. It makes more sense that they would try to appeal to a broader market.
Geographically, Robstown is the center of Nueces County, but it's the city of Corpus Christi that garners most of the attention. With a population estimated to be just over 300,000 and a median family income estimated to be $41,672, it's easy to see why fledgling endeavors would try to appeal to Corpus Christi's citizens.
Heck, Hammerheads owner and IFL president Chad Dittman has stated that nearly 50 percent of his ticket sales come from the Corpus Christi-area alone.
It's not just business, either. A recent appearance by presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, was glaring to me for a few reasons. How she read the names of elected officials who were no longer in office off a placard that seemed to have been prepared for her. The way she tried to say she knew South Texas today even though the last time she'd been here was 36 years ago.
Perhaps the most glaring to me, however, was a line she stated during her opening statements.
"I started in El Paso last night, then I was in McAllen this morning and now I'm right here with all of you," Clinton said to a loud and cheering crowd of 4,000.
Now, it's possible that the good senator may have forgotten what city she was in. Highly unlikely, but possible. After all, she has traveled to cities across the nation since last year.
What is more likely is that the former First Lady, like the two sports teams I have mentioned, was trying to appeal to a wider audience.
But the people of Robstown probably won't see it that way. They'll wonder why it seems like their hometown is constantly being belittled and berated by residents in other areas of Nueces County.
Now I can't answer for people who bash Robstown, since that would be an entirely different column. But I have an idea as to why these two sports teams have decided to take the name of a city they are not housed in, and it is something the citizens of Robstown would do well to remember.
It is not personal, it's strictly business.
Tim Olmeda is the news editor for the Nueces County Record Star. Readers may contact him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.