Star Wars night at Slugger Field is a success for second straight year
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a baseball game was played along a river city.
The Louisville Bats took on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. But this wasn't just any game. It was a game out of this world.
“I'm Michael G. Bryant, and I’m wearing an Obi-Wan Kenobi costume,” Michael Bryant said.
It was Star Wars night at Louisville Slugger Field.
"We came to Star Wars Day so I could dress up as a Star Wars character,” Luke Dietchman said.
As some of the main characters took the field, it was the first time fans got a glimpse of the infamous Darth Vader before throwing out the first pitch.
However, some in the stands say they will not be brought to the dark side.
“I mean the good guys always win, even when it looks like the bad guys are getting the best of them,” Dennis Minter said.
This is the second time the Louisville bats have held a Star Wars night. It was so popular last year, Senior Vice President Greg Galiette knew he had to bring it back.
“Star Wars is such a big brand and I know with the new film coming out around Christmas time, everyone’s excited about that,” Galiette said.
Even the players were excited, wearing special Darth Vader jerseys. But perhaps the most thrilling part of the night wasn't even a home run hit.
From a Dark Jedi, to Princess Leia, to Chewbacca, fans had the chance to take a picture with their favorite Star Wars character.
“He got his love of Star Wars from me and his mother and everybody. I mean, it’s kind of an American thing. You have to love Star Wars,” Bryant said.
“And it’s got lightsabers in it what else do you want?!” Dennis Minter said.
Even the little fans took a break from watching the game to have a lightsaber fight.
"When I grew up, Star Wars was just coming on line as a brand and an entity. Here we are 30 years later, still getting in to it, so it’s really cool." Galiette said.
The Louisville Bats plan to make Star Wars Night a yearly event. The special jerseys worn by the players will auctioned on their website.
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