Beginning Of The End For Chief Wahoo? All Indians’ WS Champ Merchandise To Be Destroyed
Sorry, kids from other countries. You will never live in a world in which Chief Wahoo is a 2016 World Series champion.
The baseball merchandise of losing teams is typically donated to overseas charities by MLB -- often to the Christian nonprofit World Vision, according to the Chicago Tribune -- which is why you see a lot of "Texas Rangers: 2010 World Series Champions" t-shirt in Nicaragua. But this year we have an exception.
All Cleveland Indians World Series champion merchandise will be destroyed rather than donated.
The MLB's explanation for this is very unconvincing. Let's see what you think. MLB statement, via Huffington Post:
“In past years we have used World Vision, but we have moved our policy this year to destroying the merchandise. The reason is to protect the team from inaccurate merchandise being available or visible in the general marketplace.”
So, it has nothing at all to do with the Chief Wahoo controversy? This is the first time since 1997 that the Indians have lost a World Series, which is before the "racist mascot" issue gained full steam. It's just possible that MLB doesn't want the grinning Indian logo out there in the world, where people would blink in amazement.
While there's no serious discussion about changing the team name, the growing call to get rid of the grinning Chief Wahoo logo is growing louder, and has been heard by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. New York Daily News:
"I've talked to Mr. (Paul) Dolan about this issue," Manfred said before Game 2 of the World Series at Cleveland’s Progressive Field. "We've agreed (that) away from the World Series, at an appropriate time, we will have a conversation about this. I want to understand fully what his view is, and we'll go from there."
But for now, we avoid confusing people in the actual country of India with "Indians" sweatshirts. Which is a good thing.
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