Pistol or no pistol? Astros ponder Colt .45s jersey.
A while back, it came to light that Major League Baseball mandated that the Astros not include the pistol on the Colt .45s jerseys that the team will wear on April 10 and April 20 this season.
MLB later amended that mandate and told the Astros, who are celebrating 50 years of Major League Baseball in Houston this year, the decision will ultimately rest with the club.
The Astros have reached out to many fans on this issue in the past week. A final decision will be rendered on Friday. Here is the release, from the team:
The Houston Astros are celebrating the team’s 50th Anniversary in 2012 and one of the cornerstones of the campaign is the highly anticipated “Flashback Fridays” program. With some of the most recognizable and iconic uniforms in baseball history, the Astros will highlight a different uniform each month with the team wearing that jersey for each Friday night game. Part of the program includes the iconic Colt .45s jersey that the team will wear on Tuesday, April 10 vs. the Atlanta Braves (commemorating the first game in franchise history) and on Friday, April 20 vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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 9th.