If you’ve noticed a disturbance in the force today, your instincts are not failing you. Today is May 4, a day that fans of the movie franchise Star Wars have claimed as their own thanks to the delicious play on words “May the fourth be with you.”
Yes, aside from the yearly brand new movie each December and related brand new trailer to pour over every spring, nothing brings out the pride in Star Wars fans like May the 4th.
As with all things popular on the web, several of your favourite sports teams and players used this special day to put up some themed posts in search of that sweet, sweet engagement.
So strap into your X-Wing and call over your local Wookie, these are the posts you’re looking for.
First and foremost, nobody wears their Star Wars pride like Oakland A’s reliever Sean Doolittle. This post content may not look like much, but a closer inspection shows that Doolittle has his own crudely photoshopped display picture of himself carrying Master Yoda.
Not to be outdone by Doolittle, Mets reliever Jerry Blevins proved he’s not afraid to literally wear his Star Wars fandom on his sleeve. Or put on Star Wars themed sleeves, for that matter.
“Jerry, your outfit: I love it.”
Not to be outdone, Devils forward Beau Bennett makes the most of a cross-branding opportunity with everyone’s new favourite droid.
But lets be real: Any Toronto Blue Jays fan knows by now that King Nerd in sports is master of the knuckleball and current Atlanta Braves pitcher R.A. Dickey. If you’ve got footage of another 42-year-old professional athlete gleefully running around dressed like a stormtrooper, we’d love to see it.
Along with a slew on movies, cartoons, books, and comics, another thing Star Wars is well known for is action figures and collectibles. Naturally, several teams are way ahead of this trend again. Admittedly these bobbleheads are pretty sweet. Who wouldn’t want a little Paul Goldschmidt dressed like a rebel pilot?
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) May 4, 2017
Did you know: A lot of spots use equipment that makes it really easy to turn into a lightsabre? Well, if you didn’t, now you do, because several teams took that very shortcut.
Not every venture into photoshop and video editing is so easily replicated, however. Kudos to the Baltimore Orioles video team for going the extra parsecs at the end of this video.
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley spent a good portion of last season taking hits from opponents, and in this video he might be the first person to ever be successfully targeted by stormtrooper blaster fire. Seriously, those guys miss everything.
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) May 4, 2017
For this next one there’s really nothing to say beyond “look at how thrilled these Vancouver Canucks players are to be filming this video”
It’s always a fun day to be a mascot, but it’s an especially fun day if you’re a mascot that always wanted to have The Force.
“But what about the puns???”, you ask. Don’t worry, there are plenty of those too.
Char Wars? Sure.
Okay, okay, all kidding and snide remarks aside: Star Wars is at its best when it’s making kids smile. The Calgary Flames execute that perfectly with Dougie Hamilton’s Star Wars adventure.