If you’re heading to a Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs game, you might see the above billboard on the way to the game. Though it has the Iron Pigs look, the billboard was put up by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization. And it’s not just the billboard, the group reached out to the team as well:
The Physicians Committee in a news release Monday said it sent the IronPigs a letter that suggested the team add broccoli or another healthy food to the lineup of mascots who race during each game. Right now, the mascot race includes Chris P. Bacon, Diggity (the hot dog), Hambone and Barbie Q.
Thanks, Mom. The team did respond to the “finish your veggies” letter with one of their own in which they told the PCRM that the Iron Pigs aren’t in “the business or habit of dictating to people what they should or shouldn’t eat or how parents should raise their children.” The team also invited a representative from PCRM to throw out the first pitch at a game, but they should make them promise they won’t just throw a whole shit ton of broccoli at the fans.
It makes me want to take back all of the good things I said about their still cool-as-hell Star Wars jerseys.
In a trend that started a few seasons back, Minor League Baseball teams are embracing their weirdness by going full theme-night every once in a while. Teams donned Seinfeld jerseys, still plan on saluting Saved by the Bell, and almost every team around honored Star Wars. But while many seem to go for the more-is-better strategy of theme jerseys, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs are going to honor the original Star Wars trilogy with a simple and understated Han-in-carbonite look.
The Iron Pigs name is miniaturized and minimized, putting the focus on Han Solo trying to escape through the chest of the Iron Pigs players. They’ll don these unis on May 8th against the Gwinnett Braves and then just wait to be topped.
The Iron Pigs, you may not know, actually have a couple of mascots who run in the so-called Great Pork Race. They are are hotdog (Diggity), a piece of bacon (Chris P. Bacon), and a baked ham (Hambone). Hambone hardly ever wins the race, but he’s in the running for the International League’s best mascot.
The voting is being done over here, and you’ll immediately notice a few things:
1. Hambone is a little terrifying
2. Every other mascot (except one) is basically some kind of animal with a jersey and hat
3. That one without a jersey wears a blazer with no shirt underneath, and I can’t support that
So vote Hambone, because his team has a better win percentage than the Phillies, but just barely. Also, I cannot stress how much I do not stand for wearing no shirt under a blazer. Get your shit together, Lou Seal. Nice name though.
A day before the anniversary of his death, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs have announced that they will wear Michael Jackson-themed jerseys for an upcoming 80’s Night, which just sounds a lot like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” night (and even says so in the image above):
“The Lehigh Valley IronPigs will don unique specialty jerseys reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s outfit in the iconic Thriller video when the IronPigs host the Pawtucket Red Sox for 80’s Night on Thursday, July 24, at Coca-Cola Park …
In addition to the Thriller-inspired jerseys, other promotions and activities are planned for 80’s Night, including the playing of all nine tracks from the Thriller album, counting all 7 singles which reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Thriller is the best-selling album of all time with well over 42-million copies sold.”
Why? ‘Cause this is Thriller … Thriller Night and also because the Iron Pigs set out on a path a long time ago that they cannot get off of now. There’s no word on if the team will require all players to wear one sparkly batting glove.
Later this summer, the Iron Pigs will be playing dress-up again, this time becoming the Iron Pigs FC for a night at Coca-Cola Park. They’re running a contest to design the FC’s kits — probably because their other design people are just goddamn tired of coming up with new logos and jerseys and smells — and will reward you with tickets, a soccer ball, and a Bacon Cap for creating the winning design.
The whole thing reminds me of this project from a while back to rebrand the MLB teams as soccer teams, but you can probably get a bit wackier than that designer did. And this is just one of the ways the Iron Pigs are getting into the World Cup spirit. The other? Peeing.