Winter is here, folks. After (not so) patiently waiting for over a year and a half, Game of Thrones is finally set to return this Sunday, April 14. The war between the living and dead will finally come to fruition. In honor of the return of this legendary show, I have compared some of my favorite GOT characters to some notable MLB athletes. America’s favorite show meets America’s favorite pastime. Valar Morghulis. Let’s begin:
Cersei Lannister - Bryce Harper
Cersei turned on her family when she sentenced Tyrion to death, just as Harper turned on his family when he left Washington to play in Philadelphia. Nobody likes Cersei or Harper, but they always seem to end up on top. Cersei is the Queen and Harper has one of the largest contracts of all time. 330 million more reasons to hate him.
Danaerys Targarean - Mike Trout
The true ruler of the seven kingdoms meets the best player in baseball. Just like Danaerys, Trout has had to put the team on his back on multiple occasions, and without him, the Angels wouldn’t stand a chance.
Jon Snow - Pete Alonso
Just like Jon Snow, Pete wasn’t supposed to be THE guy. He was behind Dom Smith and others in the depth chart and wasn’t expected to be the first baseman this season, or even the first baseman of the future. Instead, he absolutely dominated and forced his hand. He’s now off to an incredible start and is one of the young faces in the biggest market in the world.
Petyr Baelish - Billy Hamilton
Nobody is sneakier on the basepaths than Billy Hamilton, just like nobody is sneakier in the seven kingdoms than Peter Baelish. Hamilton, much like Littlefinger, always seems to find himself in a starting position despite never really contributing to his team.
The Mountain - Joey Gallo
Gallo and the Mountain are large human beings who smash their enemies... But that is the only thing either of them are good for. The Mountain ruins lives just like Gallo ruins baseball.
Arya Stark - Jose Altuve
An absolutely lethal killer despite his size. He puts up numbers that you expect from multiple players, AKA the many faced batter.
Rickon Stark - Chris Archer
Just like Rickon, Archer has always relied on his name. He has never really made a huge impact, but always somehow ends up in the back-end of the discussion when discussing future stars. Rickon never reached his potential, neither has Archer.
Brandon Stark - Juan Soto
Soto is wise beyond his years when it comes to playing at the Major league level. He has the plate discipline of a wily ol’ veteran and understands the game better than anyone at his age. Soto is in the center spotlight in his battle to win the NL east, just as Bran is against the White Walkers.
Ramsay Bolton - Robbie Ray
Ray, just like Bolton, has all the tools to be one of the best in the league, but they always seem to get in their own way. A little more control and things could have turned out much differently for both of them.
Ned Stark - Chris Sale
Sale and Stark were at the top of their games for years, respected as greats in their field. Suddenly, much like Stark, Sale is facing an imminent decline if he is unable to work his way out of this struggle.
Jaime Lannister - Josh Donaldson
Just like Jaime Lannister, Donaldson was a master of his craft... Until injuries knocked them off their pedestals. Will Donaldson be able to able to reinvent himself to match his former glory? Or will he never be the same?
Tyrion Lannister - Anthony Rendon
Always underestimated and undervalued, Rendon, free of Harper, is now in a position to establish himself as one of the league's best players, just as Tyrion was able to do once free of Cersei.
RobB Stark - Kris Bryant
Bursting on to the scene, crowned as greats in their professional infancies, Stark and Bryant were on top the world. Stark as King of the North and Bryant as World Series Champion. Then came the unexpected struggles and an eventual fall from grace. Stark was never able to recover his former glory, will Bryant?
Brienne of Tarth - Willians Astudillo
Despite an appearance that doesn't seem to fit the mold of an MLB player, Astudillo finds himself with an opportunity to prove himself capable at the major league level, much like Brienne as a knight.
Sam Tarly - Ben Zobrist
Zobrist, just like Tarly, is an under the radar player who always seems to get the job done. Zobrist was a key cog in his back-to-back world championships with the Royals and Cubs, just as Tarly is sure to be a key cog in the battle against the white walkers.
Have some comparisons of your own? Drop them in the comments below.
By Michael Petropoulos
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