Originally Posted by RANDY IN INDY
My position is why do you have to have a jersey for every group of people? Why the heck can't you just wear the Cincinnati Reds uniform? I think it is unnecessary to have to have a jersey for every individual group.
I think this is where you're jumping off the rails. It's not like baseball teams only sell official jerseys. They sell almost every conceivable type of apparel and merchandise known to humans. They put their names and mascots all over the place. If they've got a nickname (e.g. the Bucs), then they'll slap that all over the place.
Alyssa Milano has gotten obscenely wealthy selling team gear tailored for women. My wife has no interest is wearing an official jersey designed for some bulky dude. However, she'll gladly wear a team shirt that fits her properly and that has some basic feminine styling. That's not a jersey for her individual group. No one's doing it to appease her or to kowtow to the female agenda. That's apparel makers figuring out what kinds of clothes women like to wear and selling it to them.
Same thing applies to Rojos shirts. Hispanic and non-Hispanic people in the U.S. and other countries want to drape themselves with the things. A Rojos shirt with a Chapman 54 on the back and suddenly you're borderline hip. It's not a shirt for
a group of people. At most the Reds are looking to sell to to
a group of people, and in this case it extends well beyond any one group. The reality is the Reds are selling it for fun and profit.
Remember the green St. Patrick's Day shirts and caps the team used to sell? Still might for all I know. That wasn't for Irish fans. It was for people who might want some club apparel that's slightly different from the norm or slightly different from the half dozen other Reds shirts they already own.