October 06, 2012
The MLB playoffs may be underway, but for 20 teams the season is over and preparation for next season has begun. That includes the 55-win Houston Astros. The Astros plan to move from the National League Central to the American League West. In confluence with this move, head brass have decided to rebrand themselves in order to shrug off the 200 + losses their fans have endured over the last two seasons.
A new logo, uniform, and mascot will be revealed on November 2nd, in an attempt to rid themselves of the association between Astros and the old Astrodome. In a recent commercial teaser for the November 2nd event, the Astros mistakenly or possibly on purpose, showed bits of their new uniforms and hats. The jerseys had the word “Astros” appearing across the front instead of the previously used “Houston”. In addition, the word is done in navy and orange block lettering. The hats seem to show a reach back to the old 1980’s logo with an orange “H” in the center surrounded by a blue block.
It’s possible the Astros slipped up in this case, but what seems more likely is that in order to get fans excited about the changes, they had to come as close to showing them the new designs as possible, without revealing everything.
Authentic Store Buzz: This past week, Pro League Authentics held the Left Field Cards event. Artist Amelie Mancini brought her prints from Brooklyn to Philadelphia for a night, showing off her new presidential collection. He baseball oriented artistic prints are incredibly creative. Her collections include Bizzarre injuries, Edible All-Stars, and Marvelous Mustaches. Now she adds the presidential series to the bunch. The event was a great success. In addition, Ms. Mancini created an exclusive Greg Luzinski print just for the event.
Last night the Cardinals beat the Braves in the first ever National League Wild Card one-game series, and the Orioles defeated the Rangers in the American League Wild Card game. Both games were exciting and fun to watch. Tonight the Division Series get underway with the Detroit Tigers taking on the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants taking on the Cincinnati Reds. To help you support your favorite playoff team, PLA continues to offer 25% off on all MLB jerseys, just use the code "MLB" when purchasing.
Authentically Speaking Trivia Time: In 1961 Roger Marris broke Babe Ruth's single season home run record by belting 61 home runs in a season. Who hit the most home runs in the National League that year, and how many did he hit? Answer to come Monday.
Wednesday’s answer: Foxx managed for the Fort Wayne Daisies following his playing career. The Daisies played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
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