As a white guy, I’d love this. The team could wear beige khaki instead of baseball pants. All players must slide headfirst into first base every chance they get. No bat flipping. Butt slapping is mandatory. I don’t understand why they don’t just completely cut ties cold turkey. They are clearly acknowledging it is an issue by slowly phasing it out. The Indians had Jacoby Ellsbury (a Navajo) on their draft board in 2005 and called and asked him if he would be opposed to playing for Sweet Cleveland Indians Caucasian Shirt them owing to the name/mascot. They are aware of the issue their brand represents. I think if they cut it cold turkey it implies offense.
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If they slowly phase it out over the years they can say it was a natural transition for the club. Seems petty, but I wouldn’t be surprised. and that way they can create merchandise that folks will want to buy without Wahoo while also avoiding starting a shitstorm with people who would push back if they repudiated the mascot. If they admit it’s a problem, then they alienate the fans who don’t think it’s a problem: “Wait, you’re telling me that I’m the asshole for Sweet Cleveland Indians Caucasian Shirt being a fan of your team? Fuck you too, buddy. There a lot of Indians fans like that, sadly. Lots of “keep the chief” shirts and the like.
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I don’t agree with them, but I kind of get it. People don’t like being told something they love is wrong. They tend to Sweet Cleveland Indians Caucasian Shirt get more defensive and protective instead of trying to understand why it needs to change. They’re both bullshit arguments but are predictable. I don’t get why they don’t work with local native tribes and work to get their blessing and just rebrand entirely. Market it not as a way of saying “oh shit we’re sorry”, but instead as an ” exciting new future of the franchise” as they become like the Cleveland Thunderbirds or something.