So hey, here's some welcome news in this quarter (via ESPN.com):
The Atlanta Braves have scrapped plans to use the "screaming Indian" logo on their spring training caps, and will instead sport a script "A."
The reversal comes after ESPN posted a Uni Watch column in December that detailed the batting practice caps of all 30 major league teams.
"I like the selection we made this year," Braves president John Schuerholz told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "We had a variety of choices that we looked at, some more thoroughly than others. But at the end, we liked this one. The fact that one person somewhere offered his personal opinion about one of our options, that was important to him."
I sort of wish I'd never read John Schuerholz's book a few years ago, because he didn't come across as a particularly gracious, humble, or introspective fellow. So when I read something like this -- that was important to him -- it just reinforces the notion, if only inside my head, that the architect of 1985's World Champions doesn't deserve my personal admiration.
For which I'm sure he's not the least bit concerned. If you read Schuerholz's book, it's hard to avoid concluding that what matters the most to him is public success and the approval of celebrities. Hey, nobody's perfect. I'm just glad the Braves are doing (what I think is) the right thing.
Last month, I wrote at some length on this subject. I would rather not rehash those arguments again, although you're of course welcome to do whatever you like -- well, almost whatever you like; we do have guidelines -- in the comments. But it just seems to me that on a day when a National Football League team proclaims WE ARE VERY PROUD TO BE CALLED REDSKINS, the Braves' decision is a small, refreshing move in the other direction toward giving a shit.