Well well well, what have we here? It’s a flag-desecration cap with the Indians’ block-“C” logo. And MLB says this is what the team will be wearing on July 4 — not the Manifest Destiny cap that we had previously seen.
This story was broken by longtime Uni Watch reader Cork Gaines, who wrote about it for Business Insider. Cork got his info from a source in the MLB office, who said the Chief Wahoo cap photo was circulating because New Era mistakenly “released the wrong image.”
Uh-huh. This sounds a lot like the Braves telling us that the Indian head BP cap was just “one option we were considering,” right? Everyone knew that was bogus. And sure enough, several batches of that cap eventually showed up at retail and were even shipped to MLB.com mail-order customers, so that design was obviously put into production before the Braves backpedaled. It’ll be interesting to see if the Manifest Destiny cap shows up at retail as well. If it does, we’ll know this was another case of MLB (a) rethinking its use of Native American imagery and (b) refusing to acknowledge same.
(For the record, the Wahoo cap has been removed from New Era’s Facebook posting of the July 4 caps. As of this morning, no replacement image had been posted.)
Whatever you think of all this (and I’m sure you can guess what I think), the “C” cap makes more sense, because the Indians will be on the road on July 4 and the “C” is their road cap logo.
Discuss as you see fit, with one proviso: As most of you know by now, the nonsense term “politically correct” is not welcome here, so please refrain from using it. Thanks.
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