There’s no doubt that the throwbacks would spark fond memories for lifelong fans that have followed the team over the years.
But, Houston we have a problem.
See, before the Houston Astros were the “Astros,” they were known as the Houston Colt .45s, which was the team’s name for the first three years of its existence.
And the team’s original uniform (as you can see by the pictures) had a smoking colt revolver right under the letters: “Colts,” with the gun smoke forming the letter “C.”
Why was the gun removed from the throwbacks?
Well, Astros fan James Crabtree, outraged by the decision, wrote a letter to the team and to MLB commissioner Bud Selig requesting answers.
To translate, MLB is arguing that in today’s politically correct times it would be offensive to the public if there was a firearm on the front of a baseball uniform (yes, even in a gun-loving state like Texas).
But putting politics and political correctness aside, there’s another point to be made about the throwback uniform: the aesthetics. That is, they look stupid without the gun.
As one ESPN blogger said, “What’s the point of having a “C” formed by a whisp of gun smoke when there’s no gun to produce the smoke?”