"Coming To Fresno" promotion planned for June 21

If a team wants to be called the Zamunda Lions, this is a free country, you should respect their wishes and call the Fresno Grizzlies the Zamunda Lions on June 21

By Fresno Grizzlies | February 8, 2018 3:22 PM ET

FRESNO, Calif. - In 2016 they celebrated the 30th anniversary of Three Amigos! A season ago marked the 20th anniversary of the cult classic Good Burger. And if you thought those one-night only jerseys were outlandish, harken back to whatever it was King Jaffe Joffer was wearing in Coming To America.

Yes, 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the Eddie Murphy-led film, and the Fresno Grizzlies will pay homage to the milestone with "Coming to Fresno" Night on Thursday, June 21 when they take on Albuquerque at 7:05 p.m. Except, the "Fresno Grizzlies" will technically have the night off, as the Houston Astros' Triple-A club is rebranded for one game as the "Zamunda Lions" wearing the above uniform. The promotion is presented by the Fresno/Clovis Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Fans of the movie will have plenty of chances to re-live its greatness, transported back to either the fictional African country, or Queens, New York where the bulk of the movie took place:

THIS IS BEAUTIFUL, WHAT IS THAT, VELVET?: Perhaps the most-quoted line from Coming to Americagoes unanswered by King Jaffe Joffer, so to tie that up, no, velvet would be a little to robust for the players to wear in the mid-June Central California heat. But the game-worn Zamunda Lions jerseys will be available for fans to bid on in silent auction, with the winners receiving their autographed jersey right from the players' back following the game. The hats will be available in the Team Store, and are now available for pre-order online at http://bit.ly/ComingToFresnoHat.

THEY GOT THE BIG THE MAC, WE GOT THE BIG MICK: This won't be just another game where you grab a burger and fries. A first-base concession stand will be transformed into "McDowell's" for one night only, a tribute to the Queens Boulevard fast food joint owned by Lisa's dad Cleo McDowell in Coming to America. Just so there's no confusion with another restaurant of some renown, they have the golden arches, Chukchansi Park has the golden archs. Their buns have sesame seeds, the buns in Fresno have no seeds. Fans will be able to buy "Big Micks" made to order at McDowell's inside the ballpark throughout the game.

WHEN I TELL YOU HE'S GOT HIS OWN MONEY, I MEAN THE BOY HAS GOT HIS OWN MONEY: Fans arriving early to Chukchansi Park on June 21 will be able to pick up a few "Zamunda Pounds" at the gate. Unfortunately the currency won't be good to purchase Big Micks at McDowell's, but if you are able to exchange the currency anywhere for actual U.S. dollars, we don't know you, and tell the cashier to watch more 80s movies.  


The Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, are a member of the 16-team Pacific Coast League and one of 30 clubs in the world playing the highest level of Minor League Baseball. The team plays at 12,500-seat Chukchansi Park in Downtown Fresno, which is also a year-round community gathering place, hosting myriad other special events beyond Grizzlies' games, such as concerts, professional soccer and high school sporting events. The Grizzlies will enter the 2018 season - their 21stin Fresno - on the momentum three consecutive winning seasons, including a PCL and National Championship in 2015. For information on 2018 Fresno Grizzlies season ticket and mini-plans, fans should call the Grizzlies' ticket office at 559.320.TIXS between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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