Saturday, February 18, 2012

So open-minded your brains fall out

By now you've probably heard that, in the process of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the franchise, the Astros planned to wear throwback uniforms, including the Colt .45s uni, which of course featured a Colt .45. That's not going to happen, because we live in a society full of weak-minded people who just might see a gun on a throwback uni and decide to go on a blood-soaked rampage.

In a response to Astros Daily, Astros rep Mike Acosta wrote:
During our discussion with Major League Baseball, it was expressed to us that we could wear the uniform as long as the pistol was removed. We realize this changes the original design, but we still want to honor the Colt .45s. We are also under an obligation to follow Major League Baseball's requests.

I had a very similar response to Yahoo's Kevin Kaduk, so in deference to the guy who published it first, I'll insert this:
It's two games. It's one gun. Baseball should either remember history right or it shouldn't remember it at all.

I was a history major in college. I currently work at a historic site that deals with some of the most uncomfortable topics in American history. Do you know what would happen if we took those stories out of the interpretation of the site for which I work? Weeping. Gnashing of teeth. At best it's just ignorant. At worst it's racist. And rightly so - you can't change history because it's uncomfortable.

So to remove a gun from a uniform that was only going to be used for two games, and likely in front of 40,000 people - tops - to which ESPN would give perhaps 20 seconds of coverage - tops - is preposterous. No one is going to leave Minute Maid Park on April 10 and 20 and think, "Damn those unis were hot! I'm going to get a Colt .45 and shoot somebody." At least no one who is not already in prison. Selig must think that this would be the result, as people head out into the Houston night.

A quick look at the 2nd Amendment would tell you that a well-regulated militia has the right to keep and bear arms. Baseball teams, and the Astros, in particular, are not well-regulated militias, so they would not fall under 2nd Amendment protection, so MLB has the Consititutional right to deny the Astros to bear arms on their uniforms. (/sarcasm)

But seriously, are you surprised? (I didn't think Selig had it in for Houston or the Astros, but I'm now starting to wonder). Prior to the 1953 season, the Cincinnati Reds changed their name to the Redlegs lest good, clean, capitalist Americans think they Cincinnati was fielding a team full of Communists.

Every now and then we at Astros County try to tell you how to feel. So should you be outraged by MLB? It's okay to be angry, but by God, if Selig makes the Astros house British soldiers at Minute Maid, then we're burning MLB down.

To repeat Kevin Kaduk:
It's two games. It's one gun.


Anonymous said...

screw mlb roll out in jerseys that day with the colt 45 on it and above it in black and white Come and Take it

Juvenile Court Clerk - Bryan Trostel said...


Also, I think we should petition to have the Braves remove the tomahawk from their jerseys. It's a dangerous weapon, ya know.

The Royals need to change their name, we don't bestow royalty in the United States.

The Brewers promote alcoholism.

The Pirates show support of the Somali pirates. Why not call them the Pittsburgh Taliban?

The Angels and Padres probably offend some religious beliefs. Name one of them the Imams and another the Pastafarians.

Hal J said...

MLB's decision regarding the Colt 45 jerseys is ridiculous, but they did do the same thing to the Rays last year(removed the cigar from the throwback jersey they were planning to wear) so they may just be stupid rather than specifically biased against Houston. They probably are biased against Houston, but not for this particular reason.

Hal J said...

That's a good point about the Brewers. The Rays can't have a cigar on a jersey for one game, but the Brewers can promote beer all season. Could it be because the Brewers used to be owned by Selig? Or it could be because MLB makes money off beer, and they don't make money off of cigars or guns. Either way, it's hypocritical.

bgobag said...

this political correctness can certainly be carried to absurd.
bryan, we do bestow "royality" here. budweiser is the "king of beers".
news flash-- mark appel had a great outing in first game of season for #2 stanford. 1 run, 2 hits, 5 K's in 7 innings.

Matt W said...

Bud Selig is just an ignorant old man. If the Indians, Brave, and Brewers, Angles, and Padres are able to carry questionable material (Lampooning Native American Culture, Alcoholic Imagery, Religious Imagery) why should the Astros be subject to revisionist history.

The Astros are in Texas Bud, we like our guns. What would actually surprise me is Selig getting a clue and actually asking people what they think about these so called "issues"

He and David Stern should run off and copulate each other repeatedly.

Anonymous said...

Ridiculous. BTW the Come and Take It idea is pure gold.

Anonymous said...

This is not just political correctness run amok, it is another display of contempt by the Commissioner's office of the Astros franchise history.

These were the actual uniforms worn by the very first NATIONAL LEAGUE expansion franchise a half a century ago. There should be no question.

Selig is a dishonest and loathsome creature.

Anonymous said...

Everyone shoud attend those games wearing a COlt .45 jersey or tee! That way if they show a shot of the crowd the TRUE emblem will be shown!! Especially those sitting behind homeplate!!

farmstros said...


This post has me considering buying a Colt 45s shirt with a gun on it and buying a ticket to one of those throwback games...just for the sake of historical correctness. Or maybe I'll wear the shirt to a Skeeters' game. The dropping of the gun from the uniform is additionally ironic given the original reason the Astros dropped the Colt 45s name back in 1965.