The Durham Bulls will be dressed their beep-boop best for a ballgame on May 4, when their jerseys will be illustrated with all the details of R2-D2, the stubby robot – ahem, “droid” – that accompanies many characters in the “Star Wars” films.
The team planned the “ Star Wars”-themed promotion because the game’s date is ripe for puns. “May the fourth be with you” plays off the series’ signature good luck phrase, “May the force be with you.” May 4 recently has grown into an unofficial “Star Wars” holiday, celebrated by the film series’ parent company, Disney.
Bulls team members will wear the jerseys during the game, and the game jerseys will then be auctioned to benefit the Autism Society of North Carolina, according to the team’s blog.
The team has been celebrating a “Star Wars” night for years, according to spokesman Scott Carter. Players have worn futuristic-looking uniforms, brought in costumed stormtroopers and had a furry Chewbacca throw out the first pitch. But they’ve never done it up like this, Carter said.
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“This is something we’ve been working on all off-season,” he said.
The team considered going to the dark side with a Darth Vader costume, but good trumped evil. “Hey, we’re the good guys, we should be a good guy,” Carter said.
The redesigned jerseys hit their mark after their announcement on Monday night, quickly gaining national attention, including a shoutout from ESPN’s SportsCenter.
People from all over the country have been asking to buy a copy of the jersey, Carter said. However, only about 40 will be made, and only the game jerseys will be sold in the silent auction.