With the Astros celebrating the 50th season of baseball in Houston this year part of the plan is Flashback Fridays where the team wears uniforms of previous Astros incarnations. There’s been debate about whether the Astros would have a pistol on the Colt .45′s uni.
I shared my opinion of that a while back, but basically, I’m not a fan of revisionist history and think it should be the actual jersey, not a cloroxed, politically correct version, especially when MLB sells merchandise with the original logo and didn’t mind profiting from it.
Well, it seems that MLB has gone back on their decision and has put it in the hands of the ball club. In a press release today the Astros had this to say:
Over the past few months, the club has been in discussion with Major League Baseball (MLB) about whether to wear the authentic Colt .45s jersey. The original logo features the Colts name and a pistol. The alternative jersey would only have the Colts name on the front of the jersey. This week, MLB informed the Astros that the decision would be left to the ballclub. The Astros organization continues to value fan input, therefore the Astros have been reaching out to fans the past week to get their opinion on this issue.
Our fans have expressed overwhelming passion and support for the Astros and our rich 50-year tradition. We plan to announce our decision tomorrow, Friday, March 9.
So now we sit and wait. Based on my twitter timeline and those of you I’ve spoken with, the overwhelming fan sentiment is that the team should wear the original jerseys with the pistol as a part of the logo. Tune in tomorrow and we’ll see what happens…
Terri Schlather (AGirlintheSouth) is the tortured Senior Houston Astros Writer for Aerys Sports. You can email her at email@example.com, or follow her ridiculous ramblings on sports, vodka and the weeone on twitter @agirlinthesouth.