By Darren Reese
GREENEVILLE - The Greeneville Astros will have a fresh look for the 2013 season.
The local rookie-league affiliate of Major League Baseball's Houston Astros held a press conference at Pioneer Park Tuesday afternoon to introduce a new logo, uniforms and color schemes.
A standing-room only crowd of 50-60 people looked on as general manager David Lane and assistant Hunter Reed unveiled the updated gear.
"Anytime you unveil something new, people are going to be excited," Lane said. "I mean, we didn't expect this many people to show up today."
"We really appreciate the community's support, and we think this will help drive excitement for the 2013 baseball season."
The change was brought on by Greeneville's parent club, Houston, going away from the brick and black color scheme and shooting star logo it had used since 2000.
Houston is moving to the American League this season, and the organization decided it wanted to have a new look to go along with the move.
In November of last year, Houston introduced a white block 'H' over an orange star as its new logo. The club is also going back to the original team colors of blue and orange.
"They told us we needed to change our logo because they were changing," Lane explained.
"They kind of led us in the direction of blue and orange for colors, and our home jersey we took after them. They gave me some freedom on the away jersey, which was kind of cool."
Greeneville's home uniform will be all white, with blue lettering and orange piping. It will have 'ASTROS' in blue block lettering across the front. The home cap will also be blue.
The road uniform is an orange jersey with 'GREENEVILLE' across the front in blue lettering. The pants will gray and the hat orange.
Greeneville also revealed a special batting practice jersey that can also be used for certain games. It is blue with a red, orange and yellow rainbow down the side. The star logo is on the front left chest. The pants are white and the hat is blue with an orange bill.
The uniforms have been in the
works since July, according to Lane, and now that they are finalized, he says it will be easier to continue preperations for the 2013 season.
"This was a big thing and we are certainly excited to get this out there and let everybody see it," Lane said.
"Now we can move on to more of the day-to-day stuff, as far as getting ready for the season - sponsorships, ticket sales, finalizing promotions, those sorts of things."
Lane said fans shouldn't expect any other significant changes in Greeneville as a result of Houston's new ownership and changing of leagues.
As far as what to look for on this season's schedule, he explained that, promotion wise, everything is still in the works, but that the popular things like fireworks and bobbleheads are still on top, as well as some new and exciting offers.
Greeneville opens the 2013 season on the road on June 20 at Bluefield. After three away games, the Astros will begin a six-game home stand on June 23, featuring Elizabethton and Kingsport.
Greeneville has led the Appalachain League in attendance the past nine seasons.