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MLB may have goofed again by putting up a mascot request form on the Astros' official website for the Houston Astros' mascot Orbit. Update: The form for requesting an appearance by the Astros mascot has been taken down.
UPDATE: It appears the form has been taken down from the website.
From the request form at the Astros website:
Requesting Orbit to visit your event is easy. Just complete the online appearance request form below. Upon receipt of the form, a representative from the Houston Astros will contact you to discuss guidelines, costs and availability.
All requests for appearances must be made at least three weeks prior to the event. Completion of the form is a request only and does not guarantee an appearance.
If that wasn't enough look under the submit button:
Thank you for your interest in the Houston Astros Mascot "Orbit."
The leak is now complete.
With a hat tip to Astros County, according to MLB's twitter profile the leak on Tuesday was due to super-storm Sandy. If you don't believe me check it out for yourself. Maybe this falls along those same lines and we're just catching it now. It'll be interesting to see what they have to say about this one if they even say anything.
I know Orbit is a beloved figure in Houston, but sometimes the things with the most nostalgia are often disappointing to us as adults. I know Junction Jack wasn't a popular mascot among adults, but he was popular with my three year old daughter and had he stuck around I'm sure she would have formed some nostalgic memories with him. That's not to say Orbit will be a terrible mascot I'm just weary of his return. Not all remakes end up being as good as the original.
I'm also a bit miffed by the fact that this re-branding was supposed to take elements of the past and update them. We still need to see everything, but I feel like this re-branding has been more of a retread than an update to branding from the past.