As this year's return of Redskins coach Joe Gibbs demonstrates, nostalgia alone is no formula for sports success. But since Washington hasn't had a baseball team since I was in diapers, some optimism is forgivable.
Meanwhile, Mark Gauvreau Judge, grandson of Washington Senator Joe Judge, proposes how to improve the game itself: enlarge the field, bringing back "the game of stand-up doubles, triples and inside-the-park homers."
Without further ado, here are my - hopefully original - name proposals:
1. Flying creatures
Who says only Baltimore can be the Birds?
The national bird; some of them nest in the Washington area, including along the Potomac River near Great Falls.
A majestic bird common to the region.
It's about time baseball had a team called the Bats, no? And what location is more appropriate?
2. Government creatures
Washington has had too many government-themed team names already: The Senators, the Nationals, the Capitals, the Diplomats, the Federals. Some have proposed the Presidents - boring!
Everyone wants to be one.
I could tell you why, but then I'd have to kill you.
What Washington's really about.
Abstract nouns are in, they say.
Where the real power lies.
3. A capital city
Grim but accurate.
They could play on Sesame Street.
4. The land of the free
Overtones of baseball - and Marion Barry.
Speaks for itself.
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