*Two days after what would’ve been Prince’s 58th birthday, a minor league baseball team will take the field in special jerseys to honor his legacy.
No, the team is not from Prince’s home state of Minnesota, or even his home city of Minneapolis.
They’re the Columbia Fireflies from Columbia, South Carolina. The new Class A South Atlantic League affiliate of the New York Mets, currently in their inaugural season, recently revealed these special jerseys for their “Purple Game, Purple Game” on June 9:
— Columbia Fireflies (@ColaFireflies) May 26, 2016
The game jerseys will eventually be auctioned off for charity, with proceeds going to the Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter, billed as “a safe and caring home for abused, abandoned and neglected kids of all ages and homeless teens in the Midlands of SC.”
And that’s not the only way the team is honoring Prince:
Activities at Spirit Communications Park to honor Prince will include a pregame Prince tribute band, Prince music throughout the night and a pancake eating contest. After the game, there will be a purple-themed fireworks display.
Any fans driving little red Corvettes will receive free parking in the permitted parking lots adjacent to Spirit Communications Park.
All fans born in 1999 will receive a free purple glow necklace at Guest Services with proper proof of age.
For the lovebirds in the crowd, we’ll have a special Prince edition of the Northpoint Heating and Air Kiss Cam, featuring fans wearing purple shirts, blouses with ruffles or raspberry berets.
We will also host a Ping Pong Tournament adjacent to the Budweiser Bowtie Bar, with the winner receiving a CD of Prince’s Greatest Hits. In addition, frozen “Purple Rain” adult beverages will be on the bar menu.