Hey, at least Ottawa didn't mispell "Socks". #REDBLAX
While technically they Red and White Sox did misspell the word, there is a real reason behind it:
Around the turn of the century, there were movements towards spelling reform and shortening of words, and by the 1900s, "sox" had become a common way to shorten "socks", appearing that way in advertisements for hosiery. By 1921 the shortened way had stuck, and H.L. Mencken said it best: "The White Sox are known to all Americans; the White Socks would seem strange."
Went to a Washington Nationals game last week in D.C., and discovered that you can market pretty much any name if you are creative enough. Let's face it - "Nationals" is about the most boring, generic name you can imagine. (That's the kind of name you give a team when you are trying not to offend anyone, and end up boring everyone.) They have made the most of it, though, using the hashtag #NATITUDE as their slogan - "Do you have #NATITUDE?" "Show some #NATITUDE" etc. etc. (You'll note they go all caps as well.)
They also have these cool mascots, the "Racing Presidents", who are big replicas of former Presidents like Jefferson, Lincoln, etc. They do an obstacle race every game, appear in the stands during the games, etc. You wouldn't think that there is much cool about old dead white guys, but the Nationals found a way to make it fun.
Moral of the story - the name is just a place to start. It's what you do with it afterwards that counts...