Friday, July 29, 2016

Star Wars Night at Dodger Stadium - 2016

Tonight R2 and I returned to Dodger Stadium for our annual visit to Star Wars Night. This never gets old for me.

This was R2's eighth straight year participating, and he was joined by lots of other characters from the 501st and Rebel Legions.

"Reserved for D-2." This must be our parking spot. (I have a feeling I've used this gag before.)

Once the characters had changed into costume in one of the conference rooms, we split up for different parts of the stadium. Luckily, R2 was assigned to be on the field, and we made our way along the corridors that are becoming more familiar as the years go by.

Along the way, we were stopped by pre-game/post-game host David Vassegh, who asked us to pause for a quick picture, which we were happy to do.

Back down the chair lift!

Once we made it to the field, Dodgers photographer Jon Soo Hoo corralled Dodgers manager Dave Roberts for a quick picture with R2 and other characters who were joining us on the field.

The characters' main job was to entertain the fans that were allowed on the field before the game, and to be seen by the fans gathering in the stands.

Actress Sabrina Carpenter got a picture with some of the characters. Later, she sang the national anthem.

Meanwhile, my helper Ralph managed to accost legendary Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser for a selfie.

Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis and his family got a picture with R2, and we chatted for a few moments. He is a super nice guy, and asked about R2.

The characters appeared on the scoreboard and participated in the pre-game trivia contest, where the winner got to throw out the first pitch.

After the anthem, we wrapped up with the "It's time for Dodgers baseball!" announcement.

Following that, we hustled off the field and I got R2 back onto the little elevator that takes us downstairs.

But we weren't quite done! We were asked to visit actor Terry Crews' luxury suite for a few minutes, which we happily obliged.

After that, we visited one more suite (where I didn't recognize anyone), and then wrapped up and headed back to the conference room, with a camera crew in tow.

We took our seats way down the right field line, and watched the end of a great game, where the Dodgers pulled out a late inning rally, and won 9-7! R2's record is now 6-2.

After the game we watched fireworks set to Star Wars music, before heading home.

It was another great night and I hope I get to do it again next year.

The full photoset is here. Thanks to my friend Ralph for helping with the photos.

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