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Colt 45′s Jersey’s aren’t PC

Recently, Astros Sr. Director of Social Media, Alyson Footer, wrote a blog post which included a mention of the “Flashback Friday” event the Astros are going to do this coming season. For those that are not familiar with “Flashback Friday,” basically, every Friday home game, the Astros will wear retro jersey’s from yesteryear to honor the team’s past. The rainbow jersey’s of the Nolan Ryan era and the Bagwell/Biggio grey and whites will all be donned on Flashback Friday this upcoming season, however, the complete Colt 45′s jersey’s will not.

The part of Footer’s blog that caught my attention was this:

“Flashback Fridays: the Astros will wear retro jerseys from past decades every Friday home game this year, starting with the Colt .45s (minus the pistol, which was deemed inappropriate to include on a uniform).”

Seriously? MLB and Uncle Bud can’t seem to put aside their political affiliations for a jersey? This is yet another reason why Bud Selig needs to be replaced as MLB Commissioner. I know he probably did not act alone in this but some of the decisions he makes (2002 All Star Game tie) and demands he makes (Astros told to open roof for Game 3 of 2005 World Series) are so odd that it proves that he has no business being the sole decision maker for the supreme baseball decisions that come with being MLB Commissioner.

I’ll try to leave my political beliefs out of this but does MLB really think that having the Astros get rid of the guns from a jersey that was only worn by the club for three seasons (1962 – 1964) is going to be a deterrent to violence? What does everyone think? No big deal or just another example of Selig’s questionable moves.

Topics: Baseball, Bud Selig, Colt 45's, Houston Astros

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  • crober72

    I personally think it is pretty stupid to remove the pistols. Offensive racial stereotypes aside, I’ve never understood the idea behind making a mascot or a team’s jersey more socially acceptable. If you’re removing the guns from the throwback uni’s, you’re implying that a section of the team’s fanbase is going to be inspired to go out and buy a gun and commit violent acts. If that’s the case, what’s the defense of Selig’s former team — The Brewers — being allowed to continue using the name? Doesn’t that promote drinking, especially among the team’s younger fans? And I suppose you could argue that minus the revolver, one might misinterpret “Colt .45′s” to be a reference to malt liquor. This is just so silly…

    • BHam2421

      @crober72 You bring up an excellent point that I was going to make in the post but decided against it. Selig’s former team, the Milwaukee Brewers, is basically a beer team. If we are censoring the gun’s from the Colt 45′s, then why aren’t we censoring the beers on the Brewers jersey’s/logos/merchandise as it could promote drunk driving. MLB’s (Selig included) line of thinking over the past 20 years has been questionable at best. Lucky for them though, David Stern still runs the NBA and is a complete idiot, which doesn’t make them look THAT bad.

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