Recap from Star Wars Night at Safeco Field, Seattle
Darth Vader delivered the game ball. Luke Skywalker threw out the first pitch. Forty characters took pictures with fans. Trivia. Music. And oh puns galore!
Star Wars Night at Safeco Field in Seattle last Friday night (June 19, 2015) came as advertised, and the Force turned out to be strong for the Mariners as they defeated the division-leading Houston Astros 5-2 before a crowd of 40,914. My family and I were lucky enough to be in attendance. We enjoyed all of the sites and sounds that come with America’s favorite past time with the added flavor of a galaxy far, far away.
Team officials inserted Star Wars themes at every opportunity. My favorite was when the Astros pitching coach methodologically strolled out to the pitching mound to give his relief pitcher time to warm up in the bullpen. The sound effects person allowed Darth Vader’s epic breathing to play the entire time, much to the delight of the thousands of Jedi and Sith in the stands.
The Mariners took a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth when Kyle Seager, who had struck out in his two previous at-bats, singled to right to score Robinson Cano. As the crowd cheered, the Safeco Field scoreboard flashed “YO-DA MAN!” Between innings was Star Wars trivia, movie clips, and Mariners highlights in which wooden bats were replaced by lightsabers as some of the biggest hits in Mariners history were showcased.
After the Mariners had retired the side in the top of the ninth to cap the win, event organizers hurried onto the field to set up for the post game fireworks show. The lights were then dimmed and the Seattle skyline shown bright in the distance as the Star Wars main score began. A thrilling fireworks display commenced in tune with the music’s changing themes from the different films and ended with a big finale to wrap up one amazing night.
Here are some snapshots from the evening: