Per Eric Fisher via Twitter:
and Zachary Levine via Twitter:
MLB gave Astros go-ahead to put pistol on Colt .45 jersey if they want. They'll decide by tomorrow and announce.
I think this is a no brainer for the Astros. Jim Crane has already written one fan essentially saying he didn't agree with the decision either, but that there was nothing he could do.
Balls in your court Mr. Crane.
The Astros official press release on the Colt .45 making its triumphant return:
The Houston Astros are celebrating the teams 50th Anniversary in 2012 and one of the cornerstones of the campaign is the highly anticipated “Flashback Fridays” program. With some of the most recognizable and iconic uniforms in baseball history, the Astros will highlight a different uniform each month with the team wearing that jersey for each Friday night game. Part of the program includes the iconic Colt .45s jersey that the team will wear on Tuesday, April 10 vs. the Atlanta Braves (commemorating the first game in franchise history) and on Friday, April 20 vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Over the past few months, the club has been in discussion with Major League Baseball (MLB) about whether to wear the authentic Colt .45s jersey. The original logo features the Colts name and a pistol. The alternative jersey would only have the Colts name on the front of the jersey. This week, MLB informed the Astros that the decision would be left to the ballclub. The Astros organization continues to value fan input, therefore the Astros have been reaching out to fans the past week to get their opinion on this issue.
Our fans have expressed overwhelming passion and support for the Astros and our rich 50-year tradition. We plan to announce our decision tomorrow, Friday, March 9.
You gotta like the fact that the Astros didn't just lay down their guns when MLB stepped in and continued to push for the original design.
Indianapolis may of lost their Colt, but Houston managed to keep theirs.