CHICAGO — In the latest challenge to Chicago pizza's world supremacy, a Cubs minor league team will switch its name for one game to the "Deep Dishers."
As the South Carolina Class A team Myrtle Beach Pelicans is dropping its ornithological nickname in favor of Chicago's favorite pie on August 4, a New York Mets minor league team will adopt the "Slices" as a nickname.
The two won't play each other. The Brooklyn Cyclones, a Mets affiliate, will play in New York.
But both teams will "have a series of competitions between players, front office staff and fans to try and decide once and for all which city can truly lay claim to the title of Pizza Capital of the World," according to the South Carolina team.
While allowing in a press release he is "always appreciative of a crisp, Brooklyn slice," Pelicans president/general manager Andy Milovich said "this area has been shown the light on deep dish pizza by our friends in the Midwest — the Chicago artisans have truly perfected the pizza pie."
Counters Cyclones vice president Steve Cohen: "Pizza in Brooklyn is more than just food: it's a religion. Chicago-style pizza has nothing on Brooklyn pizza."
Both teams will wear special uniforms and Brooklyn fans will get a free hat reflecting their sad excuse for pizza.