Tonight I attended Star Wars night at Greenville, South Carolina’s local minor league baseball stadium, Fluor Field. This is an annual event that I stumbled upon many years ago but constantly seem to miss…so when I got the email about this year’s Greenville Drive Star Wars night, I knew I had to attend – because you really can’t go wrong when you combine Star Wars and baseball. (At least in my opinion.)
There are actually a lot of baseball teams – both minor and major league – who schedule Star Wars nights, because really, why not? Star Wars and baseball may not seem like they go hand in hand, but one quick Google search brought up the minor league Buffalo Bisons’ Star Wars night on July 23rd, along with the following major league baseball teams’ Star Wars nights:
And that’s just the first page of my search! If you’re a fan of both Star Wars and baseball, I highly suggest searching for your local team – whether they’re minor or major league – to see when they’re having Star Wars night. Personally, as far away as I am, I grew up in New England as a Boston Red Sox fan, which means I had to find out when their Star Wars night was scheduled. (Sadly, I missed it – it happened back on May 9th).
Thankfully I’m lucky enough to live in a city whose minor league team is a Red Sox farm team, though, and tonight the Greenville Drive had everything from lightsaber “dizzy bat” races to Star Wars trivia to a Star Wars themed fireworks show after the game. They even had a special t-shirt, which of course I had to purchase despite the fact that I own more t-shirts than I could ever possibly wear. There was even a local comic book shop in attendance – Borderlands Comics & Games, who also hosts Greenville’s SC ComiCon – and they were giving away some free comics…so who knows what you could encounter at your local baseball team’s Star Wars night!
If you’re a geek who also loves sports, especially one who enjoys both Star Wars and baseball, do that search. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed – I certainly wasn’t! Plus, for once I actually had an excuse to wear some Star Wars gear (though to be fair, I don’t ever actually need an excuse)…
Author: Tara Lynne
Tara Lynne is an author, fandom and geek culture expert, and public speaker. She founded Ice & Fire Con, the first ever Game of Thrones convention in the US, and now runs its parent company Saga Event Planning.
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