Unfortunately, everyone suspected correctly; they were given cease-and-desist orders by both MLB and Rangers attorneys. This threw the guys behind the company for a loop:
"It's bizarre that they would approach us at this point," said Seth Hayhurst, a co-creator of the shirt.If it were just the Rangers involved, I would hope that owner Chuck Greenberg--a lawyer himself--might include this in the "fan-friendly" moves that he's been making since acquiring the team. But if the league itself is involved, I'm not overly optimistic that an agreement can be reached.
Hayhurst said his attorney plans to respond to the letters this morning and try to find a resolution.
"I hope for some kind of resolution where they aren't trying to squash the little guys who are trying to make the Rangers fans happy," he said.
The Rangers didn't return a call seeking comment, and an MLB spokesman said he was unaware of the situation.
But if they do, I'll be all over that T-shirt.