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Other views on Braves’ BP caps

At the very popular (which is a great site to check out the history of logos and uniforms for sports of all kinds), a writer has taken the critics of the new Braves’ BP caps to task, making some very valid points in the process. Since we posted a critical take on the caps earlier today, and since we’re trying to just be good baseball fans at Root for the Home Team, we’re posting a link to the Sports Logos article. While you’re reading it, I highly recommend clicking on the link to the Jason Heyward bobblehead doll available for sale. It certainly brings up the possibility that the ‘screaming Indian’ is hardly the only racist Braves merchandise for sale.

Let’s not forget what this logo is, or why it is there; It is an almost exact implementation of a logo the team first used 58 years ago when they were located in Milwaukee. This isn’t a team breaking new ground into imagry that might possibly offend, this is a team paying tribute to their logos past, to an image many, many Braves fans have seen their whole lives, who associate it with good times of watching baseball. And who buy massive quantities of throwback merchandise with this logo and its variations.

This is not some old logo, relegated to the dustbin for lack of interest. It is one of the prime identifying marks of the team, and it is popular. It is available as a FatHead  everywhere on hundreds of different tshirts, and fills the Atlanta Braves Team Store in the CNN Center, and inside the stadium. During the season, thousands wear gear with this logo.

The Braves made an off-season splash with their signing of centerfielder B.J. Upton and are making it again…with a hat…


Today in outrageous: Tampa Bay Rays “throwbacks”

The Rays 1979 “throwbacks” suit manager Joe Maddon pretty well, don’t you think? They’re both completely outrageous.

The Tampa Bay Rays are participating in a rather weird throwback day. When the Rays have previously sported throwbacks, they’ve been for teams that used to play in the Tampa Bay area. Last year for example, they sported Tampa Smokers unis. This year however, the Rays are going above and beyond by creating throwbacks for a Rays team that didn’t exist. What this unique throwback game is doing assumes that Rays existed in 1979 and the team made uniforms to fit the era. Today, those uniforms were finally revealed and oh boy do they fit in the late 70s era. Just imagine the Rays taking on the Blue Jays or maybe (if interleague play existed in 1979) the Padres….

Don’t believe me? Check out Rays manager Joe Maddon rocking the new uni and tell me it’s not a ridiculous outfit. No word on whether or not this hat/jersey combo is for sale, but expect them to be. According to the Rays press release, merchandise will be available starting June 25. The Rays will sport their new “throwbacks” on June 30 against the Tigers and I can’t wait to see these things in action.

Tributes gone awry

Italian heritage or just plain bizarre? You decide.

Major League Baseball teams have more than enough reasons to wear special uniforms. The ability for the teams and MLB to market the games, jerseys, and hats is a huge revenue booster. How many teams sport throwbacks or special uniforms that are almost always up for sale? Answer: nearly all of them. Heck, even the Tampa Bay Rays, who started playing ball in 1998, announced this week that they’re creating fake 1970s era throwbacks. Yes, the Rays are wearing uniforms that never existed for a team that didn’t exist in the 1970s. It’s not the wackiest alternate uniform idea I’ve ever seen, but still outrageous. However, this leads me to the most bizarre culprit and that’s heritage nights. I have no problem and in fact I respect the fact that teams want to honor the heritage of ethnic groups that helped to define that city. Frankly, we don’t do enough to honor the rich culture our great cities have as a result of the many cultures that worked together to build them. Heritage games are a small tribute and honestly, more should be done.

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