The Umpire Strikes Back: Star Wars Night with the Gatemen
WAREHAM – Fans filled the risers at Spillane Field on Friday night hoping the force would be with the Wareham Gatemen as they played against the Brewster Whitecaps.
However, the real action was off the field, as Kylo Ren brandished his three-sided lightsaber and the Mandalorian carried around Grogu (better known as “baby Yoda”) in his pouch.
These costumed characters arrived on the field as part of “Star Wars Night,” through partnership with the 501st Rebel Legion, a charity organization through Lucasfilm that brings the Star Wars characters to life for kids.
Rebel Legion gets involved in community organizations and supports charities like the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
In addition to Star Wars Night, it was also Little League Night on the field, meaning more kids packed the stands after joining the Gatemen for the National Anthem. The Gatemen lost the match to the Whitecaps 6-5.
Robin O’Hare, 3, regularly attends the games because her grandparents run the merchandise table. But this night was special for her, as she donned her Grogu hoodie and held up her Chewbacca toy in excitement.
“That was awesome!” shouted Clare Pepin, 4, after meeting Princess Leia. Depin threw the first pitch that night with her family, and meeting the Star Wars characters was even more excitement.
Abby Citte, who works with Rebel Legion and is a handler for the characters, stood on the sidelines with a smile on her face, occasionally offering to take photos for families.
“This is great,” she said. “We get to be our nerdy Star Wars-selves and make kids smile. There’s nothing better in the world.”