Only in the minors: Christmas in July

Every year, at least one minor league club is celebrating Christmas during the baseball season. This year it is up to the Inland Empire 66ers. The club from San Bernadino will adopt a special Christmas moniker for the occasion on July 20.

‪Just Unveiled! The @66ersbaseball are celebrating Christmas in July and rebranding as the Nutcrackers... vs. the Modesto Nuts! 😂‬ ‪The rivary gets crackin’ July 20th! Caps available at‬The 66ers will play the game on July 20 as the Inland Empire Nutcrackers.

Nutcrackers are related to Christmas due to the novel “The Nutcrackers and the Mouse King” by E.T. Amadeus Hoffmann. The story starts on Christmas Eve and of course, a nutcracker plays a main role in the story. 

Through the years, the nutcracker has gained popularity and is seen in or around the Christmas tree.
Early nutcrackers were made in the shape of humans or birds. From the seventeenth/eighteenth century, the Nutcracker got the shape of soldiers and kings as we know them today.

As told before, the 66ers will adopt the moniker Nutcrackers on July 20. You may guess which team they will play. Indeed, the Modesto Nuts. Quite a nice piece of marketing.

The cap the Nutcrackers will wear easily brings that Christmas atmosphere. The jersey on the other side could easily compete in the ugliest jersey contest.

Next to the rebranding, fans will get to enjoy Christmas in July at the stadium and visit Santa’s Village. There will be holiday treats, Christmas shops, and an appearance by Santa. There will also be an eating competition to see who can consume a Christmas feast.

The caps are for sale in the 66ers webshop. The jerseys will be up for auction during the game. The money that is raised will go the 66ers Foundation and its efforts to support the Inland Empire youth.

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