In one of the best minor league promotions of the year, the Staten Island Yankees will hold “Meet George R.R. Martin Night,” giving fans a chance to meet the A Game of Thrones author who will be signing autographs for about an hour. The S.I. Yankees will be playing as the “Direwolves” that night, wearing special jerseys that will be auctioned off for charity. Their opponent, the Hudson Valley Renegades, will be playing as the Lannisters and will also be wearing special jerseys.
The first 2,500 fans will receive a Staten Island Direwolves cap, and fans will be able to see a real wolf from Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. There will undoubtedly be a bunch of other fun activities going on throughout the night too.
Game of Thrones Season four came out on blu-ray and DVD this week. Taking a page from the comic book industry, HBO released a slew of retailer-exclusive versions. Want a tote bag? Go to Barnes & Noble. Need to show your allegiance to House Targaryen? Go to Best Buy.
But let’s be real – I’m blogging about Tiny Plastic People, so of course I went to WalMart for the Funko Mini King Joffrey figure.
Baseball season is now just nine days away, at least for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks. At Dodgers Blue Heaven, check out some photos showing the transformation of Sydney Cricket Ground into a baseball diamond for the two teams’ Opening Day series in Australia.
In the New York Times, Peter Kerasotis shares some of Julia Ruth Stevens‘ memories of her father, Babe Ruth. The most interesting part is Stevens’ theory that Ruth was prevented from becoming a major league manager because he would have integrated baseball more than a decade before Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson.
Finally, at 2 Guys Talking Mets Baseball, bloggers James Preller and Michael Geus discuss when the Mets should trade Matt Harvey. (If the Mets are adopting the Tampa Bay Devil Rays’ payroll, I hope they do adopt their business model too. I’d hate to see a player like Harvey was in 2013 traded away, but I do not want to see a repeat of how the Jose Reyes situation played out for any reason.)
And going off-topic for a couple of minutes, here’s a Vanity Fair video of some of the stars of HBO’s Game of Thrones offering their thoughts on which character should rule the Seven Kingdoms:
I’m not sure if R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana were that good this weekend, or if the San Diego Padres lineup is that bad, but it certainly was fun to watch the New York Mets win a pair of shutouts.
With Sunday’s 2-0 victory, Dickey improves his record to 7-1 and lowered his ERA to 3.06. His 10 strikeouts give him 61 in 64.2 innings. Dickey is definitely making a case for consideration for the National League All-Star team.
More awesome than Dickey’s pitching is his choice of at-bat music. Sunday, he came up to bat to the theme from HBO’s Game of Thrones. It’s not really a conventional choice, but for him it definitely works.
I’ll keep this short since I’m heading out the door in a bit to go to today’s Mets vs. Phillies game. Hopefully Jonathon Niese can keep the winning streak going.