Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Staten Island Yankees new name choices are 'out of a zombie apocalypse'

The Staten Island Yankees already had one of the most iconic team names in all of sports stitched across the front of their uniforms but, when it came to fans picking out a new name to span the players' chests, they tended to go more with ironic.

Like many other minor league teams, the New York Yankees' Single-A affiliate — currently in the process of rebranding itself— announced a "Name Your Team" contest allowing fans to make suggestions for a new moniker back in June.

And the New York-Penn League team received over 2,000 of them. Last week the team announced the finalists and some local politicians aren't happy about the five choices:
  • Staten Island Bridge Trolls
  • Staten Island Heroes
  • Staten Island Killer Bees
  • Staten Island Pizza Rats
  • Staten Island Rock Pigeons
Staten Island City Council member Debi Rose is now urging the organization to go trolling for a new name.

In a letter to the team, Rose said the five choices for a new name don't reflect the largely ignored borough's character. Other NYC residents may beg to differ.

"We can have names we can be proud of and be whimsical, but the names that they chose really sound like something out of a zombie apocalypse and I was offended," the Councilwoman said.

You can still vote for one of the choices on the team's website and the Yankees insist that the name which gets the most votes will be chosen.

But it looks like the team has already has a favorite.
The irony? The Boro of Buses doesn't even have a subway (it's just a train) but, there are plenty of rats on the ferry.

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