Staten Island Yankees to host ‘Game of Thrones’-themed night (photos)
With GoT fans still reeling over the thrilling finale of the HBO series’ fifth season (no spoilers ahead), perhaps those in the New York area can seek solace in the fact that the Staten Island Yankees will hold a night paying tribute to the show and the beloved book series o on which its based this summer.
For an Aug. 8 game against the Hudson Valley Renegades, the Yankees — — otherwise known as the “Baby Bombers” and the Short-Season A affiliate of the big league New York Yankees — will change their name to “Direwolves” — in honor of the sigil of House Stark — and their opponent will be the “Lannisters.”
The “Direwolves” will don jerseys with a chain-mail and animal pelt motif, while the “Lannisters” will bear jerseys featuring that house’s patented crimson and gold.
The concept, which actually has been dubbed “George R.R. Martin Night” in honor of the author whose genius launched the book series, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” that inspired the show, was spawned when a Yankees exec learned of a story about how Martin found inspiration for the books in Staten Island.
“I saw an interview with (show creator Martin) and he was talking about how his view of Staten Island from where he grew up (in Bayonne) became the inspiration for King’s Landing in his universe,” Yankees Director of Marketing and Fan Experience Mike Holley told the New York Daily News.
Holley says he reached out to Martin via email and that the author expressed one regret about the evening, even though the themed night would raise money for a charity of Martin’s choosing.
“He responded very quickly, in a matter of hours,” he said, “and he said ‘This sounds fun, but I can’t come out to a Yankees game because I’m a Mets fan.'”
Holley then offered up the concept of changing the team’s name for one night and Martin’s reservations were apparently quieted and he will be on hand for the evening.
But don’t expect the writer to be throwing out the first pitch before the game
“I asked him if he was interested,” Holley said,” and he said ‘No, thanks. I don’t want to do the first pitch because I don’t want to end up on YouTube like 50 Cent.”
Martin actually has thrown out a ceremonial first pitch in the past, but one can understand any non-athlete being hesitant to participate in the routine. More bad than good can come from it, which pretty much can be said about any endeavor by any character in Martin’s books and the series.