The Yankees gave it their blessing, and also plan to retaliate. ”We’ve put some calls in to some former Red Sox who went on to have success with the Yankees," said Staten Island assistant general manager Gary Perone, who intimated that a bigger announcement was forthcoming. ”We’re still planning, but whatever we do will be in a tasteful manner. We’ll have fun with the rivalry."

While the Staten Island Yankees’ front office exhibits a better sense of humor than my co-blogger and many of our commenters, we wondered what the local A-ball team could do to top the Lowell Spinners’ offer of free jerseys to little leaguers willing to ditch the hated rivals’ uniforms.  Some ideas:

and there’s always the go-to for Staten Island eleven year olds –

  • free mustache trim at neighborhood barber shop
2 comments… add one
  • They should donate Human Growth Hormone to any team that changes its name to the Yankees. Giambi, Sheffield and Co get to clear out their closets, and every Yankee Pee-Wee destroys the comptetition! It’s a win-win!

    airk February 17, 2006, 10:51 am
  • the funniest suggestion I’ve read is from Steve Lombardi at Was Watching:
    “how about, every time the S.I. Yankees beat the Spinners, at Staten Island, they take the ball from the final out and they mail it to Doug Mientkiewicz (c/o the K.C. Royals)?”
    Wonder if Larry Sleaze would sue him for each ball.

    Nick February 17, 2006, 1:26 pm

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