Recently, the Staten Island Yankees announced that they would be taking a page out of other minor league teams’ books — the Trenton Thunder’s Pork Roll switch, the Buffalo Bisons donning Buffalo Wings uniforms — and undergo a temporary rebrand to help market the team and have a little fun. So for five Saturdays this summer, they will be the Staten Island Pizza Rats. The name change was the result of a fan vote in 2016, and the team (a Class A Yankees affiliate) acknowledges on their Pizza Rats website that the original, viral pizza rat is long gone (that video was from 2015!) but the name won by an “overwhelming margin” and they are bringing it back for another round of rebranding fun this year. Not everyone is on board with the fun though, as a local Italian organization is outraged — outraged — by this rebranding and has pulled out of the team’s planned Italian Heritage Night as a result. The Staten Island Advance reports that the Order Sons of Italy in America Fr. Vincent R. Capodanno Lodge #212 sent a letter to members saying, “It is with significant disappointment that I am informing you of the cancellation… Read full this story
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