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Lehigh Valley IronPigs to don jerseys inspired by Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ (photo)


On July 24 at Coca-Cola Park, darkness will fall across the land when the midnight hour is close at hand as creatures crawl in search of blood to terrorize the old ballpark. ‘Cause it will be thriller, thriller night…

Why, you ask? Because the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, will wear jerseys inspired by the red leather jacket Michael Jackson donned in the spooky video for his smash hit, “Thriller.” The jerseys will be auctioned off during the game with all proceeds benefiting charity.

The night, called in some spots “80s Night” and “Michael Jackson Night” in other parts of the press release, will feature the above jerseys inspired by MJ’s “Thriller” duds, as well as other promotions and whatnot, including the playing of all nine tracks from the historic “Thriller”, which with 42 million copies sold is the best-selling album of all-time.

But if there isn’t some kind of Thriller-inspired dance-off featuring zombie-fied fans and players it will be a “gravely” disappointing.

“No artist is more synonymous with the 1980s than the King of Pop,” said IronPigs general manager Kurt Landes, via “We are excited to celebrate the career of Michael Jackson with these chart-topping jerseys while also raising awareness and funds for The COCO Foundation.”

Vincent Price is probably spinning in his grave over these jerseys … you know, because the things are hideous, and, you know, the legendary horror-master was the spooky voice in “Thriller.” Get it? Darn you young whippersnappers for not getting my dated pop culture references.