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The umpire strikes back: Cyclones hold second ‘Star Wars’ Night

In a pickle: Darth Vader presides over the capture of a Jedi knight during Star Wars night at MCU Park on Aug. 2.
Photo by Steven Schnibbe

The Clones were seduced by the Dark Side last weekend.

Just as the clone army in the “Star Wars” movies became the dreaded stormtroopers of the Galactic Empire, the Cyclones donned jerseys patterned after evil sith lord Darth Maul on Aug. 2 for a theme night honoring the blockbuster franchise.

Some may have been disappointed that Brooklyn’s padawan league baseball team didn’t take to the field in flowing Jedi robes for the club’s second “Star Wars” Night, but at least one fan enjoyed the unexpected twist.

“It was cool,” said Benjamin Riley. “Sometimes you like to root for the bad guys.”

Good and Evil: A trio of bounty hunters celebrate the theme night with a young princess and her Ewok friend.
Photo by Steven Schnibbe

Apparently, the dark side was the way to go — the Cyclones crushed the Connecticut Tigers like a rebel insurgency, with an out-of-this-world score of 8–1.

The theme night was a chance for fans of one of the biggest science fiction franchises of all time to show their love for George Lucas’s universe.

MCU Park looked like Mos Eisley spaceport on Saturday, with fans dressed as creatures from all over the galaxy, and costumes ranged from the adorable to the terrifying, with fearsomely armored bounty hunters posing for pics with pint-sized Ewoks.

And it wouldn’t be “Star Wars” without a bit of glowing swordplay. Good and evil crossed lightsabers as members of the Empire Saber Guild — a group of costumed performers — clashed between innings. And when they weren’t bashing one another with their sabers out on the field, the guild gave sword-swinging lessons to potential Jedi apprentices on the concourse.

So, where are you from?: Creatures from all over the universe turned up at MCU Park on Aug. 3.
Photo by Steven Schnibbe

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at mjaeger@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8303. Follow him on Twitter @MJaeger88.

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