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Lehigh Valley IronPigs changing name to Cheesesteaks for game (pics)


The Lehigh Valley IronPigs — the triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies and no stranger to offbeat publicity stunts — will be changing their name to the Cheesesteaks to pay tribute to the City of Brotherly Love on the minor league team’s “Salute to Philadelphia Night” on July 10.

Not only will the team’s name be temporarily changed, so will their jerseys, as a Cheesesteak-themed uni has been designed.

Via an IronPigs press release (by way of Hardball Talk):

The Cheesesteaks black jersey design features the word “Steaks” emblazoned across the front chest in “Cheese Wiz” yellow. The chest patch, complete with the appearance of dripping cheese, was specifically designed to emulate the characteristics of hot cheese on a steak sandwich. The jersey’s sleeve patch incorporates the steak sandwich logo.

Fans also will determine whether the players will wear caps featuring “Wit” or the “Witout” — Philadelphian parlance for how one wants their cheesesteak prepared — during the game via an online vote.

IronPigs President and General Manager Kurt Landes couldn’t help but break out a terrible — perhaps “cheesy” would be more apropos — pun in his announcement.

“Today, we’ve officially raised the Steaks,” exclaimed IronPigs President and General Manager Kurt Landes. “As a Phillies affiliate, we can’t wait to celebrate all things Philadelphia, including the iconic cheesesteak on ‘Salute to Philadelphia Night.'”

Those interested in more information about the special evening, the IronPigs — er, the Cheesesteaks — have made more details available.

That cheese-slathered baseball is one disturbing image. But strangely, it somehow and in some way is somewhat appetizing, too.