STATEN ISLAND - The Staten Island Pizza Rats are returning to Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George for seven games in 2019 after a successful inaugural season.
"We thought the Pizza Rats brand was fun and unique when we were in the planning stages, but when we announced it last year, it took off like we never imagined," said Will Smith, Staten Island Yankees President/Operating Partner. "Coming into this offseason, we wanted to focus on how we could continue to build on the Pizza Rats brand and add even more excitement to the alternate identity of the Staten Island Yankees."
The Staten Island Pizza Rats will be taking the field in new uniforms this season. The uniforms will be red with navy blue piping down the chest. The Staten Island Pizza Rats primary logo will be on the left chest with the "Pizza Rats Chef" logo on the left sleeve. The team will wear their traditional navy blue pinstriped pants and don the NYC logo cap this season.
Just like last season, the Staten Island Yankees will rebrand to the Pizza Rats on every Saturday game and one camp day during the week. The first game will be Opening Night on June 15th at 7 p.m. followed by June 22nd at 7 p.m.; both games are against the Brooklyn Cyclones. July 20th at 7 p.m. is next against the Aberdeen IronBirds. Monday, July 22nd at 11 a.m. will be a fun one for the kids as the Staten Island Pizza Rats will appear at their first camp day. On July 27th at 7 p.m. the Pizza Rats will host the Lowell Spinners and the first 1,000 fans will receive a Pizza Rats Challenge Coin. August 3rd is against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers at 7 p.m., and the first 1,000 fans will receive a Pizza Rats Single Slice Pizza Peel. Then finally on Saturday, August 24th at 7 p.m. the first 1,000 fans will receive a Pizza Rats Chef Bobblehead when the team takes on the Aberdeen IronBirds. A post-game fireworks show will follow each Saturday 7 p.m. game.
During every Pizza Rats Saturday game, Richmond County Bank Ballpark will feature a new food item, Chank's Pizza Cones. Pizza cones are the perfect ballpark fare because of their portability. They are the best way to enjoy pizza on-the-go without the mess. Chank's Pizza Cone dough is handcrafted and filled with the freshest ingredients to ensure a delicious, authentic pizza taste.
"We are excited to partner with the Staten Island Pizza Rats to offer our unique pizza product to fans. We feel it will help enhance the fan experience," said Chank's Founder, Eric Ciancaglini.
There is all new Staten Island Pizza Rats merchandise for 2019 as well. New hats and shirts are available now at PizzaRatsBaseball.com, and more new merchandise will be coming in as the season gets closer.
About Staten Island Yankees
The Staten Island Yankees are the Class A Short Season Affiliate of the New York Yankees and play at Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George. The Staten Island Yankees are six-time New York-Penn League Champions (2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011). The 2019 season kicks off Opening Night on June 15th at 7 p.m. versus the Brooklyn Cyclones. Ticket plans and group tickets are on sale now. Richmond County Bank Ballpark will host the 2019 New York Penn League All-Star Game on August 21st at 7 p.m. For more information, visit siyanks.com and pizzaratsbaseball.com.
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