Dodgers Trademark "Los Doyers"

Some Hispanics are angry about what they see as a money grab.

By Andrew Epstein
|  Saturday, Sep 11, 2010  |  Updated 9:49 AM PDT
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have trademarked the phrase

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have trademarked the phrase "Los Doyers," a popular Hispanic nickname for the Boys in Blue. The team features "Los Doyers" T-shirts in their souvenir shops, which is a problem for local vendors who have been selling the name for years. Storeowners have received cease and desist letters from the Dodgers.

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How much do the McCourt's really want to make off L.A. Dodger fans?

Apparently, the sky's the limit.

After hiking parking prices, trimming player payroll and blanketing Chavez Ravine with advertising logos, the Dodgers have found a new source of income -- local culture.

For years, Hispanic Dodger fans have fondly called their Boys in Blue "Los Doyers."

The phrase may go back -- way back -- to the way legendary Dodger Manny Mota pronounced his "Doyers."

To no one's surprise, local entrepreneurs jumped on Los bandwagon.

Manny Morales, owner of Latin Lingo Clothing near Dodger Stadium said, "'Los Doyers' is the way Latinos have always said, 'Dodgers.' Ask your mom or your grandma. You say, 'Dodgers,' and they repeat back, 'Doyers.'"

Salvador Fonseca, a longtime Dodger fan, said he says "Los Doyers" all the time.

"Especially with guys at work. They don't speak English. They use 'Los Doyers' all the time," Fonseca said.

But now Morales is frustrated.

At his shop "Los Doyers" T-shirts and jerseys have been a popular item.

But now he can't sell them anymore.

The Dodgers decided to trademark the term and sent out cease and desist letters to anyone selling "Los Doyers" merchandise.

"I don't think it's right," said Morales. "It's not right at all. It's not their saying, it belongs to the Latino people, that's the way we say it, that's our thing."

Despite his frustration with Dodgers management, Morales is maintaining a sense of humor: "I don't know, is Wal-Mart going to trademark 'Welmart'? That's how my grandmother says it. So are they going to trademark 'Welmart'? Maybe I should get on it."

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