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The Dodgers minor league team did not realize that the name Copa de La Diversión had a slang meaning

The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, have come under fire in recent weeks after announcing a team promotion that ultimately took on unfortunate connotations.

For their new Copa de La Diversión jerseys, the Quakes decided to use “The Chaquetas,” which should have been a fun representation of Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly’s meme-worthy actions. He famously wore the jacket during the team’s trip to the White House after winning the World Series in 2020, after trading his jersey for a mariachi band member’s jacket.

What they didn’t realize, however, is that the term had an alternate meaning in Spanish, often used as slang for masturbation.

A screenshot from the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes website, explaining the meaning behind their Copa de La Diversión team name: The Chaquetas.

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“In Southern California, Mariachi music is a prized art form. Its reach extends beyond those who share the genre’s cultural background. So when baseball favorite and Rancho Cucamonga resident Joe Kelly donned that Mariachi jacket and later wore it to the White House, he not only made an exceptional style choice,” according to the team’s website, explaining the intended meaning behind the team name.

“Rather, the pitcher honored music’s most prized qualities, many of which he shares with baseball: artistry, long-standing dedication to the craft, teamwork and the privilege of donning such historically significant uniforms,” the team’s website continued. “The Chaquetas pay tribute to that legendary baseball moment, but more importantly, to the people who revere it. Like Joe, the Rancho hometown team invites fans to ‘ponte una chaqueta’ to celebrate the cross-cultural impact of community, music and baseball .”

A photo of Kelly wearing the mariachi jacket at the White House with former Dodger Justin Turner.

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So the team continued the promotion and handed out 1,500 jerseys to fans during Saturday’s game.

“It’s really cool. I’m Mexican too, so all the heritage that comes here in California is really cool,” said Jose Rodriguez, a pitcher for the Quakes. He loved the jersey so much that he wore it again during practice on Monday. He says the family in Mexico loved the fact that he could wear it to a game.

Copa de La Diversión is a MiLB-wide promotion to “embrace the culture and values ​​that resonate most with the local U.S. Hispanic communities of Minor League Baseball teams.”

“That is it! You know, we got to tell the story – it’s so cool,” said Quakes General Manager Grant Riddle.

He says that while they wanted to honor the iconic moment for both MLB and Dodger fans, they were unaware of the connotation that came with the Spanish word.

“Honestly, we were shocked. We got some comments: ‘Do you know what else this means?'” Riddle said.

The hat and jersey worn by the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes during their rebranding as The Chaquetas.


Richard Rodriguez, professor of English at UC Riverside, says he’s shocked no one noticed, but the term isn’t all that scandalous.

“The alternate meaning is a kind of term of endearment, or a term that connects people through an inside joke,” Rodriguez said.

The Quakes removed the name from social media a few hours after being notified, but Riddle says support from a number of communities prompted them to move forward with the Copa rebrand.

“We built this brand, you know, we vetted it, we took it to our local Latino communities and said, ‘What do you think?’” Riddle said, noting that they also have both Major League Baseball and mariachi bands had requested. “Everyone said, ‘This is amazing, this is incredible.'”

Despite the misnomer, Riddle says they decided to stick with the rebrand and focus on its intended meaning. On May 16, they will wear the sweaters again and maintain the brand for the coming seasons.

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