Anyone that has read me, followed me on Twitter, or actually exchanged more than a handful of words with me knows that I’m a huge fan of Star Wars. Unsurprisingly, this passion has occasionally mingled in with the love of the Cardinals. In the 8 1/2 years that I’ve been writing, I’ve had seven posts that celebrate this mashup. With The Force Awakens coming out officially today (when this post publishes, I’ve already seen the movie in one of the early showings….and likely had to talk myself out of seeing it again at one of the late ones), it seemed a good time to revisit when a galaxy far, far away melded with baseball, where red didn’t automatically mean the Sith.
Costuming the Cardinals (October 30, 2008)
In time for Halloween, what the then Cardinals (and a few ex-Cardinals of recent vintage) should go as if limiting themselves to Star Wars outfits.
The Force Is With the Cardinals, Always (May 4, 2011)
The first of the Star Wars Day posts, this one is another of the “players corresponding to various characters” but updated for the fact three years had passed.
I Sense a Disturbance In The Force (October 31, 2012)
What if certain classic scenes in the original movie had a Cardinal tint? That’d be strange and, also, this post.
Questions Relevant To May The Fourth (May 4, 2013)
Another Star Wars day post, this time with questions that Derrick Goold and Jenifer Langosch wouldn’t ask players and management, but should have.
May The Force Be With You (August 7, 2013)
Completing the trilogy of characters/players post, this time to go along with the very first Star Wars night.
Not That Long Ago in a Farm System Very, Very Close (May 4, 2014)
If Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and others were minor league prospects in the Cardinal system, a meeting about them might go like this.
Jedi League Episode I: The Offensive Plague (July 9, 2014)
For the second Star Wars Night at Busch Stadium, a screenplay about Cardinals as Jedi trying to figure out how to improve the offense. Also, the inception of #SithLord for a certain now former player.
Jedi League Episode II: Surrender of the Bats (July 29, 2015)
The third Star Wars Night came around with a similar offensive funk happening. This was the result.
This doesn’t count, of course, the myriad of Star Wars references and callbacks that happen in the regular posts, whether it be in the title like this or this or this (which, sadly, doesn’t seem to be the case anymore) just in the general course of the writing, like basically every other post on the site. With a new movie out now and four more movies between now and May of 2019, the pool of reference material is only going to grow deeper. Brace yourselves.
And, of course, may the Force be with you.