The current Houston Astros uniforms can best be described as “Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight.”
Their Colt .45s throwbacks could go by a different slogan: “Say hello to my little friend.”
After initially being told by Major League Baseball that they could not put an image of the eponymous revolver on their throwback jerseys, the Astros — who were known as the Houston Colt .45s before they changed their name to coincide with the opening of the Astrodome in 1965 — will use a historically accurate version of their former jerseys after all.
As noted on Big League Stew, a massive outcry from Houston fans forced the league to reverse its decision.
What a world we live in. Caving to political correctness, the Washington Bullets were renamed the Wizards in 1997 because owner Abe Pollin felt the original name carried violent overtones. (The finalists reportedly were “Dragons” and “Wizards,” which coincidentally are ranks in the Klu Klux Klan. I seem to remember learning about those guys doing some pretty violent things, but moving on…)
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays finally dropped the “Devil” in 1998 after sustaining 10 years of complaints that the adjective made the team an instrument of Satan, or something. The North Dakota Fighting Sioux have the official blessing of Sioux nation to use the nickname and mascot, but the school is banned from hosting NCAA championship events because their use of Native American imagery violates a blanket NCAA rule.
In the Astros’ case, rationality prevailed, at least until Bud Selig discovers Colt .45 is also the name of a malt liquor and nixes the jerseys again.
Photo of the day
This is what all the fuss was about?
Photo via Houston Astros
Quote of the day
“Possibly ACL. … We’ll know more after the MRI. There’s a lot of worry right now.”
— unnamed source telling Yahoo! Sports that Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio’s injury could be very serious
Tweet of the day
Let’s all take some time to admire Looch’s hands.
Video of the day
“Oh God, that hurt.”