FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 19: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 of the FedEx Ground Toyota, celebrates by shooting off pair of Turnbull 45 Colt-style, single-action revolvers in victory lane after he won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 19, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
In the least surprising news of the day and quite possibly ever, the Astros have decided to wear the unaltered Colt .45 jerseys after MLB deferred the decision to the them.
The jersey will be worn April 10, marking the 50th anniversary of the first game, April 10, 1962, and April 20.
For Astro fans this reverse a trend of perceived losses both on and off the field. From the dragged Jim Crane ownership approval to the American League switch, all the way back to the 2008 hurricane that seemingly killed the teams playoff chances. It's been one kick after another with the Colt .45 debacle propelling the Astros fan base essentially into "kicking a dead horse" status.
Things seem to be turning around though. There's new energy in the Astros organization and it appears to be playing out on Florida fields this Spring. Sure the games don't matter, but it beats losing those games and it might just be the turning point we've been looking for.