Logo Doesn’t Woo Gatemen [PHIL-OSOPHY]
The Worcester Red Sox haven't thrown a pitch yet as the WooSox, and already they're being called out by the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League for copyright infringement of the team's "W."
According to the Boston Herald, Wareham Gatemen senior vice president Glen Hannington said the 'W' that appears on the WooSox' new hats is clearly like that of the Gatemen's logo.
The Red Sox Triple-A team hasn't even been contacted yet but the story is rounding the bases of the newspapers and social media. Bill Wanless, Worcester Red Sox spokesman, said it would be inappropriate to comment on something they haven't heard directly from their "friends" in the Cape Cod League.
To me, this seems like a "bloop" that won't make it out of the infield. But it's situations like this that call for more careful due diligence on the WooSox' part. Both leagues respect each other, and my guess is that the WooSox should change their 'W' to another design. The Wareham Gatemen, which plays in the independent collegiate Cape Cod League, is fertile ground for many of the best ballplayers of tomorrow. They've had this version of the "'W" for a long time and I have a feeling they'll continue to hold on to that "dubbayah" for many more seasons to come.
Now, seeing a changeup is probable, why don't they also reconsider the smiley-faced-yellow-ball-swinging-a-bat logo, too?
Phil Paleologos is the host of The Phil Paleologos Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.