Seeing as how southwest Florida (!) is the center of zombie culture in America, the Fort Myers Miracle (High Class A; Florida State League) are honoring that legacy Friday night by donning zombie uniforms.
What’s the tie between Fort Myers and zombies? It’s where acclaimed filmmaker George Romero began filming the third installment of his epic zombie trilogy, Day of the Dead, featuring local residents as zombie extras and the landscape of downtown Fort Myers, most prominently the Edison Theatre, the Federal Building on First Street (now the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center) and Hendry and Main streets. And, of course, the city hosts ZombiCon every fall.
When the Miracle take the field at Hammond Stadium for the 7:05 p.m. game against the Dunedin Blue Jays, they entire team will don special zombie-inspired jerseys. The jerseys will be worn for one night and one night only and fans can bid in a silent-auction for the jersey of their favorite players. Jerseys not meeting the minimum bid will then go on sale to the world through miraclebaseball.com.
“We think our zombie jerseys are a going to be a monster success,” said Miracle General Manager Andrew Seymour. “They truly capture the apocalyptic horror that seems to always be present in zombie movies and we know that fans will get a big kick out of seeing them on the living rather than the undead.”
Fans wearing zombie makeup or costumes will receive free admission to Friday’s game.
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