The legendary musician’s death has already permeated the sports world — especially for teams in his home state of Minnesota, such as the Wild and the Twins — but the latest team to honor him is likely one you wouldn’t expect.
The Columbia Fireflies are a new Class A South Atlantic League affiliate of the New York Mets playing their inaugural season. They’re also apparently huge fans of Prince, as they recently revealed these special jerseys that will honor the rock icon during their game on June 9.
Here, take a look:
As far as creative commemorative jerseys go, these are some pretty good ones. They may be a Class A team, but these aren’t low-level uniforms. Not only do they incorporate Prince’s love of purple, they also provide a nod toward his unique style and love of ruffled shirts. Then again, who doesn’t love a good puffy shirt?
The jerseys aren’t the only fun activity going on. The team staff will be wearing raspberry berets, the bar is selling “Purple Rain” drinks, there’ll be a ping pong tournament, anyone driving a little red Corvette gets free parking, fans born in 1999 get some free stuff, and there’s also this:
Activities at Spirit Communications Park to honor Prince will include a pregame Prince tribute band, Prince music throughout the night and a pancake eating contest. After the game, there will be a purple-themed fireworks display.
PANCAKE. EATING. CONTEST.
Again, the Fireflies are an unlikely (and somewhat late-arriving) guest to the Prince Sports Tribute Party, but at least they didn’t forget to put the fashion in ‘fashionably late.’ And they’re pulling out all the stops along the way.
(Via Amazin’ Avenue)