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February 13, 2016

The Luck of the Irish Minor League Baseball Team

MOOSIC, Pa. — Baseball can be cruel. The higher up you go in the minor-league baseball system, the closer you get to the brass ring: a chance to play in the majors. But any stay in the minors increases the odds you’ll be subject to the gentle humiliation of having leprechaun facial hair photo-shopped onto your portrait.

Thursday was one of those nights for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the AAA affiliate of the New York Yankees. The RailRiders, composed of a team just one level below one of the most successful sports franchises on the planet, had to face off against not only the Charlotte Knights, but PNC Field’s celebration of a twisted sort of Irish night, the marking of only one-half a year until St. Patrick’s Day. This involved digitally dressing up the RailRiders’ individual portraits on the Jumbotron with leprechaun costumes: red beards, green bowler hats, shamrocks.


The Scranton Wilkes Barre Rail Riders got dressed up for their game. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call.)

The Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders got dressed up for their game. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

Against a tough Charlotte team, and a manic Pinstripe Patrol spirit squad leading sing-alongs to the Dropkick Murphys’ “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” (a favorite of the Yankees’ arch rival Boston Red Sox), the RailRiders prevailed, 4-0.

  • Igor Shafarevich

    Since our minds develop along with the culture in which we grow up, we tend to be ignorant of the unseen history of the customs we practice.

  • Beirut to Jupiter

    If the players were dressed as another ethnicity, it would be considered racist. Why isn’t this?

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