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September 14, 2006

Parting Ways with History--Part II

Forgot to include that Gonzo patrolling Left is not all that is changing. So are the Diamondbacks themselves:

Like many of you, we were stunned to learn that the Diamondbacks are reportedly planning a change in uniform colors for next season, apparently dumping their purple, teal, copper and black scheme for one that will include something called "Sedona Red" and a "sand" hue.

Our initial thought was that it's all about money. Isn't that always the case in professional sports these days? If merchandise sales are lagging, a change in uniforms makes all that stuff in the closet obsolete.

It isn't unheard of in sports. And for some reason red seems to be the new color of choice, so finally the Cardinals are ahead of their time.
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We suspect this is as much about cutting ties with the Colangelo era as it is anything, and that's too bad.

He brought this city its first world championship in a major sport, and when we think of that 2001 World Series the indelible images are going to be recorded in purple and teal.

But that's just us. So we wondered if Colangelo is seeing purple over all of this.

He took the high road, refusing to speculate on whether it has anything to do with severing past connections.

"In an era of sea change in sports, even the sanctity of the names of the stadiums and arenas doesn't last very long," Colangelo said. "I'm prone to purple and orange, always have been and always will be.

"But it's certainly the Diamondbacks prerogative to change colors, uniforms or whatever. It's a time of change in a lot of ways.

"I'm just going to hang on to all my purple stuff."

So are we, JC. So are we. Got my good luck purple Game 7 jersey from 2001. What a joke to change around the things that tie us back to 2001. What purpose does it serve to sever the ties from the brightest moment in Phoenix Sports history?

Posted by Justin at September 14, 2006 06:18 PM