Great Idea, Dire Consequences

I’ve got plenty more “On the Road” content to share over the coming weeks, but today I wanted to take a brief break from all of that and head to the Staten Island Yankees’ home of Richmond County Bank Ballpark. On Saturday, the team staged “Game of Thrones Night” and Robert Pimpsner of Pinstriped Prospects was kind enough to send along a plethora of photos from the evening.

A member of the Staten Island Direwolves Pinstripe Patrol sits in the baseball throne on the concourse of the Richmond County Bank Ballpark prior to the opening of the gates. (Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

A member of the Staten Island Direwolves Pinstripe Patrol sits in the baseball throne on the concourse of the Richmond County Bank Ballpark prior to the opening of the gates. (Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

Game of Thrones Night” turned out to be the most successful promotion in the history of the franchise, drawing a record crowd of  7.529 to the ballpark. The team, often referred to as the “Baby Bombers”, instead suited up as the “Direwolves”. And the creator himself, George R.R. Martin, was on hand as a special guest.

Martin is, yes, a Mets fan, but this didn’t stop him from visiting the home of the Yankees’ Class A Advanced Short Season affiliate: 

georgeI’ve never seen Game of Thrones, so forgive me that this post won’t be peppered with clever references to the show. It will be peppered with lots of photos, however, because on the internet photos > words. And Pimpsner more than picks up the slack with his photo captions.

The evening began with one of the most generous fan giveaways I’ve ever seen, as the first 2500 fans through the gates received Direwolves hats as well as copies of of the original Game of Thrones book and Martin’s 1982 novel Fevre Dream. 

Piles of hats and books wait fans before gates open at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark (Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

Piles of hats and books wait fans before gates open at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark (Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

Martin addressed the crowd before the game:

Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin reminds fans that if the Direwolves lose he will have to kill off a Stark. (Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin reminds fans that if the Direwolves lose he will have to kill off a Stark. (Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

Before the game the SI Yanks Direwolves made a donation to the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, a charity chosen by Martin.

Staten Island Direwolves President and General Manager Jane Rogers presents a $10,000 check to the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary as George RR Martin addresses the crowd (Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

Staten Island Direwolves President and General Manager Jane Rogers presents a $10,000 check to the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary as George RR Martin addresses the crowd (Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

Representatives from the sanctuary brought along Flurry, an “ambassador wolf” who, yes, peed on the field!

Flurry, an artic wolf from the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, relieves himself on the field prior to the ninth inning. (Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

Flurry, an artic wolf from the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, relieves himself on the field prior to the ninth inning. (Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

Martin also spent an hour signing autographs, which resulted in predictably long concourse lines.

Thousands of Direwolves and Game of Thrones fans line up for a chance to get George RR Martin's autograph prior to the game (Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

Thousands of Direwolves and Game of Thrones fans line up for a chance to get George RR Martin’s autograph prior to the game (Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

The Direwolves line up for the National Anthem:

A Richmond County Bank Ballpark record crowd of 7,529 fans filled the ballpark to see George RR Martin and the Direwolves do battle with House Lannister on the field. (Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

A Richmond County Bank Ballpark record crowd of 7,529 fans filled the ballpark to see George RR Martin and the Direwolves do battle with House Lannister on the field. (Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

Here, Direwolf Brandon Wagner circles the bases after a home run.

Staten Island Direwolves designated hitter Brandon Wagner rounds the bases as Hector Montes of House Lannister watches at third base. (Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

Staten Island Direwolves designated hitter Brandon Wagner rounds the bases as Hector Montes of House Lannister watches at third base. (Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

It was that kind of night for the Direwolves, who defeated House Lanister (the Hudson Valley Renegades) by a score of 10-1.

Winning_Graphic_0zvc6i2v_hmev53jsClearly, a good time was all.

Two young fans duel at second base in the middle of  a Game of Thrones themed costume race around the bases. (Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

Two young fans duel at second base in the middle of a Game of Thrones themed costume race around the bases. (Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

Everyone, that is, with the possible exception of Yankees special assistant to the general manager Hideki Matsui. He has no time for your theme night shenanigans.

New York Yankees legend Hideki Matsui watches the game from the Direwolves dugout (Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

New York Yankees legend Hideki Matsui watches the game from the Direwolves dugout (Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

Okay, that’s all I’ve GOT.

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