Explaining every Star Wars reference the Padres made on May the 4th
Padres hide Star Wars Easter Eggs in all of their tweets on May the 4th
For Star Wars fans, May the 4th is a special day to celebrate the beloved franchise.
If you’re unfamiliar, May the 4th originated not long after Star Wars: A New Hope was released in 1977, and “May the Force be with you” became part of the zeitgeist. It was actually first used for the Fourth of July. During the production of later Star Wars films, it became an annual message to the company and is now celebrated all over the world, including in Major League Baseball.
For people who are Star Wars and baseball fans, the holiday is a perfect day to marry the two, which is what the San Diego Padres did on Wednesday when they snuck a Star Wars reference into almost every tweet they sent during the doubleheader against the Cleveland Guardians.
First, they made the jump to hyperspace. This one is probably the vaguest of all the on-theme tweets the Padres sent, but considering how much of the Star Wars cannon involves flying fast (Kessel run, anyone?), it works:
The Padres also Solo’d us:
Tie game, TIE Fighter?
The Padres celebrated Mike Clevinger’s long-awaited return from Tommy John surgery by referencing an emotional moment fromThe Force Awakens, when C3PO tells R2-D2, “Oh my dear friend. How I’ve missed you.”
After the Padres took Game 1 with a score of 5-4 on 5/4, they tweeted some victory photos with the Battle droids’ catchphrase, “Roger Roger.”
The lineup for Game 2 was announced as “the sequel.”
Eric Hosmer’s 2-RBI double created an opportunity to make a pun on Luke Skywalker’s (and Anakin Skywalker’s) home planet of Tatooine.
And Jake Cronenworth’s diving grab got an Attack of the Clones caption:
May the Fourth be with you!