Saturday, October 10, 2015

Braves determine 'screaming savage' is best suited for batting practice

It's called the "screaming savage." It's exactly what it sounds like.

Braves determine 'screaming savage' is best suited for batting practice

For years, the Cleveland Indians have dealt with backlash given their moniker.  Their name alone has been considered outdated and culturally skewed, but their grinning "Chief Wahoo" logo has received the brunt of the frustration, and in recent seasons, the team has started to distance themselves from the image.

The unveiling of this year's batting practice caps from MLB continues this trend, as some teams like the Orioles and A's went with retro looks, but Cleveland persisted with the simple "C."  

The league's other Native American-inspired team, however, is going in a different direction.  

It's called the "screaming savage."

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It's exactly what it sounds like.

The Braves' wordless image of a mohawaked Native American cocking his head back can be difficult to interpret--it is hard to tell whether the man is screaming or laughing uproariously.  

But one thing we interpret for sure is that the logo, originally named "Chief Noc-a-Homa," comes from a different time, when this sort of thing was... allowed to... be a thing.  

That time was the 1950s to the mid-80s.  And maybe it should have stayed there.

But for now at least, the Braves will be taking BP with the "screaming savage," probably under some criticism, and probably while exchanging uncomfortable glances with each other.

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