One thing that's become very clear over the past five years or so is that there's a deliberate effort to scrub the 90s and early 2000s from memories. It's as though the entire sports world has decided that the past twenty years (at least when it comes to uniforms, ball parks, and merchandise) were all a huge mistake. Dozens of teams are and have switched their uniforms back to a "retro" or "classic" style. New ballparks in the 2000s were being built to reject the multi-purpose park concept and connect more closely with the early 1900s. Even the pillbox hats returned to Pittsburgh this year (despite looking silly even back then). Even in Pittsburgh, the Pirates have ditched their cartoon logo and wear yellow on Sundays, the Penguins are changing their logos back to the 1990's glory days, and the Steelers....still wear those bumblebee jerseys for some reason.
Looking forward, I'm curious if it's the 1990's that the sports world is rejecting....or just the recent history. Will the colorful, cartoonish, outlandish ridiculousness of the 1990s become "classic" in a few more decades and be brought back as a "return" to sanity? Are we constantly bouncing back and forth between the recent past and the far past? Will PNC Park's eventual successor look more like Forbes Field or Three Rivers? Either way, it's a very interesting concept to simultaneously love and hate the past all at the same time.