It’s May 4, which is Star Wars Day (“May the fourth be with you,” get it?), which is an opportunity to share one of the great related scams ever.
This is totally ancient but probably still my favours Star Wars related thing.#StarWarsDay #MayThe4thBeWithYou pic.twitter.com/xyGwUOZ4MR— Amanda (@Pandamoanimum) May 4, 2016
Don’t worry, she got her car.
But today is not about toy Yodas or Toyotas. It’s about embracing phenomena, something minor league teams try to do in spades. The two Dodgers’ Class-A affiliates have been most prolific in capitalizing on Star Wars in recent years.
Each of had various Star Wars nights, complete with special jerseys (many of which are auctioned off for various charities and fundraising campaigns) or perhaps Darth Vader, Chewbacca, a Stormtrooper, or Princess Leia throwing out a first pitch, or maybe all four.
These special nights aren’t necessarily on May 4. This is just the day we celebrate them.
First up, the Great Lakes Loons.
Connor and Gavin before Connor's first pitch on Star Wars night. Big night, big win. @greatlakesloons #loonsbaseball pic.twitter.com/L1cwQbiU2l— Mikal Inman (@mikalinman) July 31, 2016
It's the season of @starwars Boba Fett in @MiLB! Here's the jersey we made 4 @greatlakesloons on Sat! @Dodgers @McCulloughTimes @alannarizzo pic.twitter.com/pEM5Qf7w3A— OT Sports (@OT_Sports_Unis) August 8, 2017
Weather permitting... we're ready to go to a galaxy far, far away. #StarWars #DiveIn pic.twitter.com/iOvjz50roB— Great Lakes Loons (@greatlakesloons) July 21, 2018
It’s Star Wars Night at Dow Diamond. Here’s a look at the special threads the Loons will be rocking ⚾️ #NestLevelFun— Jason Lewis (@JasonLewis_TV) August 10, 2019
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes have gotten in on the Star Wars action, too, and even had the added benefit of Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe wearing a Star Wars jersey in 2018 while on a rehab assignment. Turner was 0-for-3 with a walk while Forsythe was 1-for-4 with a double in the game, in case you were wondering.
Tonight’s #StarWars jerseys are available for auction and benefit @ALZGLA! Download the @LiveSource app on IOS or android and bid now! Auction closes at the end of the sixth inning. pic.twitter.com/YC6U3BOy3G— Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (@RCQuakes) May 13, 2018
NEW: Special autographed 2014 Quakes Star Wars Night jersey up for auction at https://t.co/Wv1YqDenYk. Take a look! pic.twitter.com/bFKBvQqviG— Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (@RCQuakes) December 10, 2015
Don't get much better than @Safecoinsurance #StarWars Night! pic.twitter.com/xgyKqyNx9X— Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (@RCQuakes) May 7, 2017
30 minutes left to bid and win one of these Star Wars Jerseys! Download the Live Source app now! pic.twitter.com/XaCRBtZFo5— Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (@RCQuakes) May 19, 2019
Let us know which of these Loons or Quakes Star Wars jerseys are your favorites in the comments, or perhaps a different team pulled off something similarly memorable to you.