The Brooklyn Cyclones, a minor league affiliate of the New York Mets, will temporarily resurrect a Star Wars character fans last saw lopped in two and falling to his death. That's right: Darth Maul is coming to minor league baseball.
The Big Lead's Stephen Douglas spotted just the latest Star Wars-themed jersey to make its way into the baseball landscape.
If you are curious what the other jerseys are, the Cyclones managed to help us out with this hilarious tweet, showing off their new swag from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away:
The nerd is strong with this one.
Consider this tweet a shot across the figurative blockade runner bow of the Durham Bulls, Timber Rattlers or any other minor league team that dare boast of having the best jersey around.
The team's website fills us in on its second annual Star Wars night, taking place on Aug. 2. According to the Cyclones, the first 2,500 in attendance will get their hands on a very sweet Padawan Pee Wee bobblehead, which isn't quite prepared to take on any Sith Lords.
Here is what they have to say about the jersey:
The team will also be wearing one-of-a-kind Sithclones Jerseys on the field that evening which will be raffled off to benefit local charities. The jerseys feature the emblem of the Sith Empire on the right sleeve, and has “Brooklyn” spelt across the chest in “Aurebesh.”
Sadly, there is no word as to whether players will go up to the plate armed with double-bladed bats. They do, however, note there may just be "an exclusive meet and greet with classic Star Wars characters, a postgame family sleepover, lightsaber training for kids and more."
It should be a fun time for all, save for those who recently had their Jedi master killed in an untimely fashion by a Sith Lord. If you fall into the camp, you better stay at home.
Now, Aurebesh, for those uninitiated, is an alphabet represented in the Star Wars canon. Wookieepedia explains, "Aurebesh was a writing system commonly used to represent the Basic language. The name came from a combination of the first two letters, Aurek and Besh."
There. Now you will be a hit at parties.
As for the Cyclones, they are planning quite the summer, because they are also throwing a massive Seinfeld shindig in July.
The Cyclones' constant pursuit to combine baseball and this country's prized pop-culture assets is exactly how you get fans excited about coming to the ballpark. If it means wearing some rather audacious uniforms, so be it.
When it comes to Star Wars, specifically, the bolder the better. These jerseys are loud, but we imagine they will be a hit with fans who can't get enough of the most recent trilogy.
Unless the Cyclones hold a podracing night, they can go ahead and ignore the rest of Episodes I through III, because that's in everyone's best interest.
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