In 2016, the Staten Island Yankees, the New York Yankees' A-ball affiliate, ran a competition to rename the team for five games to drum up some interest in its minor league play, but the winning entry, the Staten Island Pizza Rats, shows the power of a good meme. The new team name, which is being put into effect for five games throughout July and August, has created a huge buzz around the team, with Pizza Rats merchandise dramatically outselling the traditional Staten Island Yankees apparel.
To refresh those who might forget, the Staten Island Pizza Rats are inspired by a viral video from 2016 in which a rat in the NYC subway was filmed dragging a full slice of pizza down a flight of stairs, metaphorically representing how we all feel all the time. The team's embrace of the meme includes its name as well as some excellent branding provided by sports logo design team Brandiose.
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