A few days ago, it was reported that Bud Selig and MLB had backed off of their dumb demand that the Astros remove the gun from the Colt 45′s jersey when they wear it on “Flashback Friday’s” this season. Instead, they left that decision up to the Astros. Jim Crane then turned to the fans and asked what they would like to see. In an overwhelming response, the fans voted in favor of having the Astros wear the original Colt 45′s uniforms, guns and all, this season. Crane was quoted as saying:
“We made this decision for a number of reasons, we listened to our fans, who were almost unanimously in favor of wearing the original jersey. We wanted to honor all of our past uniforms during this special 50th anniversary season, and we felt it was important to be true to the tradition of the franchise.”
Each month of the season, the Astros will wear a different throwback jersey on every Friday home game as part of their 50th Anniversary Celebration. The Colt 45′s jersey will be worn during the Friday home games in April, more specifically on April 10 vs the Braves and April 20 vs the Dodgers. Opening day is April 4 which is a Friday but the Astros will not wear a throwback jersey but will wear their normal uniform. We here at CTH originally covered the story when it was first announced that MLB did not want us to wear the Colt 45′s jersey with the pistol. It’s nice to see this story end this way as there was really no legitimate reason for the Astros to have to censor a jersey. I can’t help but ask myself, “how would Drayton McLane have handled this? Thankfully, I won’t have to find out.