I guess none of us should be surprised that this day has come. It appears that Chief Wahoo’s day of reckoning may be drawing closer.
The whole name/racist logo conversation now in full swing with everyone from your neighbor to Obama having their say on the hot-button topics. And it appears the Indians are taking note of the sea change in the public’s perception.
The front office is asking for the opinion of ticket buyers for their opinion on all three of the Indians’ current logos (Wahoo; script I; block C). Whether it actually goes anywhere is anyone’s guess, but it’s for the best to cover all of the politically-correct bases just to be safe.
It does seem doubtful that any significant change will be made. But with the sudden uproar across the sports landscape, it’s not something that can just be ignored anymore. The “big-picture” has gotten really small in just a matter of weeks around here due to a small handful of fans who painted their faces in Chief Wahoo’s likeness for the Wild Card game, which in turn, cranked the spotlight towards our team hotter than it ever has before.
It was a clear signal that what was okay in the past might not fly today on a national scale.
It will be a tough sell to do away with our beloved Chief, but if for nothing else, it may be worth putting his likeness to rest simply on the basis of keeping the suddenly vocal dissenters from breathing down the club’s neck. And it’s highly unlikely that the team would see a total rebranding, but with the growing furor from voices from the outside, not even that can be completely seen as impossible.
The bottom line is that times are changing. The Indians are doing the right thing here, even if it costs them the most familiar face in team history.