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Darth Vader wants you to join the Mets Empire… or else?


I picked this pin up during my last visit to Citi Field, but I’m not sure what it’s really trying to say (beyond, “hey, Star Wars fans… give us your money.”)

See, the Yankees are supposed to be the (evil) Empire, with their Death Stars and Stormtroopers and what not… right? But here’s Darth Vader, demanding your allegiance to the Mets.

I’m definitely overthinking things… a quick check of eBay reveals MLB partnered with Disney for Star Wars pins of the month at other ballparks, too. (Though curiously, Vader is conspicuously absent from the Yankees’ set.)

August’s Mets pin featured Stormroopers, while June’s had C-3PO exhorting you to “Let New York win”… presumably there were also pins for April, May and July.

If you like weird collectables or share a fondness for both Star Wars and the Mets, these might be worth tracking down. I think I’ll save my money for the Rogue One collectibles coming out at the end of the week & the end-of-season Mets baseball cards.

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A few thoughts about Darth Vader #1 (spoilers)

The first issue of Marvel’s second Star Wars title came out yesterday, though Darth Vader’s solo book didn’t garner quite as much hype (or as many alternate covers) as the first issue of the flagship book.

There was a lot that I liked about Kieron Gillen’s story, but this book didn’t capture the “feel” of Star Wars quite as well as the first two issues of the main title.

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Darth Dickey

You may remember that Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey is a bit of a Star Wars fan. (He brought a full Darth Vader costume to Citi Field and wore it in the clubhouse to the amusement of his teammates, and warmed up to Vader’s Imperial March theme before most of his starts last year.)

Well, now you can buy your own “Dickey Strikes Back” t-shirt from The7Line for $20. (A portion of the sale price will be donated to charity.)

I like it. I’m not sure that I’d actually wear it, but I like it.

For those curious about Dickey’s offiseason plan to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, you can read about his arrival in Tanzania at the New York Times Baseball Blog.