http://neilfeather.com/welcome-under-construction/ The force was with the Diamondbacks when they became the NL West division champions on Friday night against the Giants. Two days later, the Diamondbacks still had the force, and so did their fans. Sunday was Star Wars Day at Chase Field, with the Diamondbacks hosting the reigning Evil Empire (San Francisco Giants). Fans were encouraged to dress as their favorite characters in honor of the release of Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-Ray. A portion of the ticket sales from the game benefited Stand Up To Cancer, an organization that helps raise funds for cancer research.
I joined in the festivities by dressing as Princess Leia. I had the opportunity to interview all sorts of characters from the movie ranging from Luke, Darth Vader, Yoda and even found the robot R5-D4 (which to some fans is even more popular than the ubiquitous R2-D2).
The fans with the most elaborate (and EXPENSIVE) costumes were members of the Dune Sea Garrison, the Arizona chapter of the international Star Wars costuming club. Who knew?
I came prepared and brought my lightsaber, but in a battle with a young Jedi named Christian Roncal I was defeated when my saber broke in half. (Maybe next time.)
I have to admit before this event I did not know much about the Star Wars movies. I even thought Luke and Leia were a couple. I made that mistake when I asked an actual couple dressed as Princess Leia and Luke if they were brother and sister (apologies to Bry and Jillian). I quickly became very educated as the fans explained to me why they loved Star Wars. I am now going out to buy Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-Ray.
All in all it was a great turnout at Chase Field, not only in the interest of Star Wars and the Diamondbacks, but cancer research, too.