The Pirates reiterated Thursday that they have not said goodbye to Jolly Roger.
This week, the club announced it has designated the gold “P” as its official logo. The image of a pirate's face, with eye patch and red bandana, remains as a secondary logo.
However, reports by some media outlets suggested Jolly Roger had been forced to walk the plank. Headlines on ESPN.com and SI.com said the Pirates had “ditched” the buccaneer.
“The perception we have dropped the Jolly Roger is not true,” team spokesman Brian Warecki said in a news release issued Thursday. “The only change our fans will notice is that we will no longer be using the ‘Pirates' lettering above the Jolly Roger.”
The Jolly Roger, sans lettering, will remain on the uniform sleeves.
The Pirates considered redesigning the Jolly Roger logo with the team name in script, which was introduced in 1997, and using the new image as the official logo. But after polling focus groups, the Pirates found the “P” resonated with fans.
For the past few years, the team has used the “P” as the logo on press releases, at PNC Park and at its spring training facilities in Bradenton, Fla.
“We will continue to produce merchandise featuring the current Jolly Roger logo,” Warecki said. “And we will continue to encourage our fans to raise the Jolly Roger in celebration after every win.”
Rob Biertempfel is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.