Apparently, there is a parallel. HBO and MLB have teamed up on a massive cross-marketing promotion, as both of their “seasons” kick off this week.
Here’s an excerpt from the joint-promotion article by Mark Newman:
Uneasy as always lies the head that wears the crown, in “Game of Thrones” and over 162 games of a regular season. No team has successfully repeated as champion since the Yankees ruled from 1998-2000, and the Cardinals will try to do that amid substantial change.
Absent are star Albert Pujols, manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan. Adam Wainwright and Carlos Beltran are reasons they hope to retain their throne.
“We’re going to have a good team,” said Cardinals third baseman David Freese, the 2011 World Series MVP after a sudden rise to starring cast status in October. “I think everybody knows that. It’s going to be different not having Albert down there, not having Tony down there. But it’s definitely going to be exciting.”
Exciting is having a wall watching over you the entire time, whether it is the one that separates you from dragons or the one that separates a ball in play from a home run. The wall is a fact of life, rife with dangers, traversed at one’s own risk, always protected and sometimes revealing a Monster.
Exciting is the return to the mound on Thursday of Justin Verlander (0-0) and Clayton Kershaw (0-0), reigning Cy Young winners from the American League and National League, respectively. It is the feeling already experienced with the Japan Opening Series, when local legend Ichiro Suzuki had four hits for Seattle in the season’s first game and newcomer Yoenis Cespedes clubbed the big home run for Oakland in Game 2.
“I wake up early every day and get to the field early and work hard because the baseball is different than in Cuba,” Cespedes said there.
There are no men like them.
Whatever happens in coming episodes before an approaching winter will determine what men stand alone.
Based on the bestselling book series by George R.R. Martin, “Game of Thrones” is described as “an epic drama set in the grounded fantasy continent of Westeros, where ambitious men and women of both honor and ill-repute live in a land where summers and winters can last years.” Season 2 plays out against the backdrop of a fast-approaching winter, and indeed that is exactly what happens in baseball. The games are played while the weather allows, all fates to be settled before the onset of cold months that steal the drama for a while.
In King’s Landing, the coveted Iron Throne is occupied by cruel young Joffrey, counseled by his conniving mother Cersei and uncle Tyrion, who has been appointed Hand of the King.
In Homer’s Landing, above sections 501 through 503 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, they wait again for something fantastical that makes your heart drop, the way it did in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series, where Freese and Lance Berkman battled back with one strike left.
A new leader will rise among the wildlings North of the Wall, adding new perils for Jon Snow and the order of the Night’s Watch.
A new leader will emerge in the batting and pitching statistical leaderboards. Maybe Jose Bautista will be the home run king of all MLB again, making him the first person to do so since the Sultan of Swat, Babe Ruth.
Make sure to see the full article HERE because there’s a pretty amusing MLB-Game of Thrones mashup video!