Compared to Star Wars and Ghostbusters, this doesn't seem like the most family-friendly of theme nights. Or, considering Game of Thrones, maybe it's a little TOO family-friendly if you catch my drift. Like, are they gonna offer 2-for-1 tickets for brother-sister pairs who come to the game together?
Don't get me wrong, I like Game of Thrones just as much as the next guy, but it was hard for me to imagine how the Padres are going to pull this off in a way that isn't cheesy and pays homage to the series in a fun way.
So I went searching for other teams that might have done something similar in the past, and I did find something. A single-A team, the Staten Island Yankees, hosted a Game of Thrones Night in 2015. The Yankees renamed themselves the Staten Island Direwolves for the night and they played against the Lannister Lions (actually the Hudson Valley Renegades, a Tampa Bay Rays affiliate).
GoT author George R.R. Martin himself made an appearance at the game along with an actual arctic wolf, fans got to sit on a
n iron wooden throne made out of baseball bats, and mascots re-enacted a less bloody version of the Red Wedding. The SI Yankees also gave out GoT themed team hats and fans got a chance to meet Martin. It seemed like the crowd got really into it, dressing up as their favorite characters and even chanting "Shame! Shame!" accompanied by the ringing of a bell, at appropriate times throughout the game.
So, yeah, now I can picture it. And I'm into it.