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Brooklyn Cyclones Get Renamed the 'Slices' for NYC-vs.-Chicago Pizza Battle

By Patrick Hedlund | March 29, 2017 2:42pm | Updated on March 31, 2017 4:47pm
 Any New Yorker would be proud to wear this.
Any New Yorker would be proud to wear this.
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The New York-versus-Chicago pizza wars are headed to the baseball diamond

In the never-ending debate over which city does it best, the Brooklyn Cyclones will rename their team the "Slices" for one day only this summer, while the Chicago Cubs' minor league affiliate will become the "Deep Dishers."

The Cubs affiliate — South Carolina Class A squad the Myrtle Beach Pelicans — will adopt the nickname on August 4, the same day the Mets-affiliated Cyclones will pay allegiance to our far superior pies. 

While the two teams won't actually play each other, both 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," the Pelicans said.

Credit: milb.com

In a release, Cyclones vice president Steve Cohen made it clear how his city stands on the sanctity of a New York slice.

"Pizza in Brooklyn is more than just food: it's a religion," he said. "Chicago-style pizza has nothing on Brooklyn pizza."

Pelicans' president and general manager Andy Milovich rightly acknowledged he is "always appreciative of a crisp, Brooklyn slice," while diplomatically stating that "this area has been shown the light on deep dish pizza by our friends in the Midwest."

Both teams will wear special uniforms, with the first 2,000 Cyclones fans in attendance at the August 4 game in Coney Island receiving a free "Pizza Delivery Cap" that any New Yorker would be proud to wear.