The Staten Island Yankees, the New York Yankees' Class A affiliate, will now be known as the Staten Island Pizza Rats on Saturday nights.
The Staten Island Yankees are finally making good on a fan vote from 2016. "Pizza Rats" emerged as the winning moniker in the Name the Team contest, when fans voted overwhelmingly for the infamous pizza slice-carrying subway rodent seen in a viral video.
The Yankees were initially supposed to rename themselves for the league's 2017 season, but later announced they would be saving the "rebranding process" for 2018, Fox Sports reported. Out of the top five suggestions - the Pizza Rats, Bridge Trolls, Island Heroes, Killer Bees and Rock Pigeons - the Pizza Rats were chosen.
What's your take on the 5-night name change?
"I understand it's polarizing when heard for the first time", said Smith.
Players will wear Pizza Rats gear during the five games in which the name is changed, and Pizza Rats hats, T-shirts and more will be on sale to fans.
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