A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
The worlds of Star Wars and baseball collided on the field on Friday as the Dodgers hosted their ninth annual Star Wars night at Chavez Ravine.
The game marked the first interleague game at Dodger Stadium between Los Angeles and the Kansas City Royals since 2013, and before the game, many characters from the George Lucas franchise posed on the field for pictures.
Darth Vader, R2D2, a Storm Trooper, Rey, Princess Leia, Padme Amidala, and a clone trooper, were all in attendance, throughout the game as they made their way through the stadium to pose for pictures with fans.
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) July 8, 2017
In addition to the characters themselves, the writer and director of the next film in the franchise, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," Rian Johnson, was in attendance and the Maryland native who attended film school at USC, appeared to be in awe of Dodger Stadium and his favorite athletes.
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) July 8, 2017
Johnson bounced his ceremonial first pitch, and then got some consolation hugs from the characters of the movie, which is due out on December 15, 2017.
The night didn't end after the pregame celebration, as Dodgers organist Dieter Ruehle played Star Wars themed music on the keys throughout the game.
Also, fans who purchased their tickets through the team's website as part of the "Star Wars Night," ticket package, received a free BB8 t-shirt.
After the game, the Dodgers "Friday Night Fireworks" promotion was accompanied with Star Wars music courtesy of DJ Severe.