LeBron James is prepping for the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics, but his future remains a hot topic of conversation in the sports world as the summer draws near.

The Philadelphia 76ers will be among those teams with the funds available to make a serious push to bring King James to the City of Brotherly Love as a major step in The Process. But the Sixers may have some competition from within their own sports scene as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, is looking to land LeBron for themselves.

Playing off the non-stop debates about whether or not James is better than Michael Jordan, the IronPigs are suggesting the only way for James to fully match the legacy of Jordan is to spend a summer playing minor league baseball. And why not do that with the IronPigs? The team has already organized a billboard to make their pitch to James, which can be seen from downtown Allentown as fans make their way to the ballpark.

The IronPigs also wrote a public letter to LeBron, reminding him that “a season of mediocre play in Minor League Baseball” is his one glaring omission from obtaining GOAT status.

“Could you hit better than .202 with 3 home runs and 51 RBI in 127 games? Those were Jordan’s numbers in Double-A,” the IronPigs letter to LeBron says. “If you join the IronPigs and lead this team to the championship, only then will you be able to position yourself ahead of Jordan for the title of GOAT.”

It’s a fun campaign that is bringing attention to the IronPigs, as all good minor league promotions will do. And it seems as though the IronPigs are going to let this play out a little longer as well, as suggested by this in-game and postgame GIF following a win on Thursday…

Maybe the Sixers can get in on the fun once free agency opens and LeBron James will become a two-sport star in Philadelphia once the Phillies bump him up from triple-A.

Now all I want this summer is for a minor league baseball matchup with LeBron James in one lineup and Tim Tebow on the other. Let’s make this happen!


About Kevin McGuire

Contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Previously contributed to NBCSports.com. Host of the Locked On Nittany Lions Podcast. FWAA member and Philadelphia-area resident.