The dust has finally settled on the football season, and now that everyone has had ample time to recover from Super Bowl hangover it’s time to dive right back into the wonderful world of baseball, which will take center stage again in a mere matter of 50-some odd days.
I was cleaning out my email inbox yesterday (for those that know me, I’m as big a mess virtually as I am in real life) when I came across a couple of uniform/logo-related stories I had meant to post about early in January, but let slip through the cracks as bigger and more important stories took precedence. More specifically, I think both of these reports were released on Hall of Fame induction day. What better way to ensure that they go overlooked and under-discussed?
Well, all’s relatively quiet now, so I’m bringing the subjects back up and opening up the blog comments for debate.
We start over in Cleveland, where the Indians appear to be trying to distance themselves from the controversial Chief Wahoo imagery that has become an iconic part of the franchise’s identity.
It’s important to note that the team is not changing its uniforms whatsoever; Chief Wahoo will still appear on players’ caps and jersey sleeves. However, this is a significant move because it shows the organization’s desire to put the wheels of modernization into motion. The club has denied that this is the first in a step to phase out Chief Wahoo once and for all, which is understandable considering the intense passion the Cleveland fan base has for its baseball team. But Native American imagery and mascotry has become a scalding hot button issue in sports of late, and to many there is not a more offensive depiction of Native American culture than the cartoonish Chief Wahoo character.
So what do you think? Are you on board with the Indians’ move? Would you be okay with the club eventually eliminating Chief Wahoo altogether?
News in Pittsburgh is far less controversial. The Pirates have decided to lower the Jolly Roger, replacing that design with the gold “P” as its primary logo for 2014. Here’s a look at the two logos side-by-side.
This is not a big change – the gold “P” has been the primary logo featured on the team’s uniforms for the last few years. Plus, the Pirates still plan to use the Jolly Roger design as sort of a secondary logo. I’m glad the organization is sticking with both. I’ve long thought that the Pirates have one of the best color schemes, uniform fonts and set of logos in the MLB.