The Houston Astros had scheduled two throwback jersey days this season to commemorate their 50th anniversary.
Not a problem, right? Teams do this all the time.
Of course there was a problem, or I wouldn’t be writing this. The throwback jersey was to the team’s days as the Houston Colt 45s, named after the pistol of the same name. The original jersey had a pistol on it; MLB commanded that the pistol be removed.
There didn’t seem to be much of a point in doing a throwback jersey that didn’t look like the original; even owner Jim Crane said it was the wrong call.
Thursday, someone in MLB decided Crane was right:
MLB gave Astros go-ahead to put pistol on Colt .45 jersey if they want. They’ll decide by tomorrow and announce.
— Zachary Levine (@zacharylevine) March 8, 2012
While Levine says the announcement will be tomorrow, it seems likely that the Astros will indeed go ahead with the authentic throwback with the pistol.
Good for MLB. Common sense triumphs, and that’s a rare thing these days.