Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 4, 2011 05:00 PM
On Nov. 11th, the world can say goodbye to the Florida Marlins. But don’t worry, baseball fans, moments later you can say hello to the Miami Marlins.
And then the team would like you to pass along your credit card number. In a brand shift, the baseball team will change its name to Miami Marlins and is now ready to sell freshly branded shirts, hats, and every other piece of gear you could possibly want.
Baseball teams aren’t known for holding back on what they’ll slap their logo on. Need a Boston Red Sox outdoor stepping stone? A Cincinnati Reds “Halloween Trick-or-Treat Ghostie Candy Bucket”? A toaster that puts the Philadelphia Phillies logo right on the bread?
Well, maybe all of that won’t be available right away to Miami Marlins fans, but you can bet it will happen soon enough. MLB.com reports that the team will host an invitation-only “red-carpet coming out party on Nov. 11” that will feature “a fashion show of players modeling the new uniforms” as well as a performance by the Miami-born rapper Pitbull.
While the party is invitation only, MLB.com says “everyone is welcome to start buying hats, jerseys and other gear outside the ballpark after the show.” Of course they are.
The uniforms aren’t the only thing that will be new on April 4th, when next year’s Major League Baseball season opens up with a game between the Marlins in a brand new stadium against the World Series-winning St. Louis Cardinals.