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May 19, 2016

Reading Fightin Phils will wear Chewbacca jerseys

Phillies' Double-A team to host 'Star Wars' night

In minor league baseball, "Star Wars" nights are becoming almost as ubiquitous as dollar dog nights, what with the science-fiction franchise getting a recent reboot, complete with new movies and marketable characters.

Finding a new take on the promotion could prove difficult, but it seems the Phillies' Double-A affiliate has found a way. On Saturday, June 4, the Reading Fightin Phils will wear Chewbacca jerseys against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Check them out (h/t CrossingBroad):

An auction after the game will give fans in attendance a chance at getting their hands on one of these game-worn, Wookie-inspired shirts. The promotion also includes appearances from "Star Wars" characters (no, not the actual actors) and postgame fireworks set to “Star Wars” music.

Related: IronPigs to become 'Lehigh Valley Cheesesteaks' for one game

It's too bad the Fightins aren't putting these bow-blasting bad boys up for retail sale, because they're pretty awesome (granted, it’s not really clear how Chewbacca relates in any way to the Fightins). Hopefully they'll eventually take a page from their Triple-A counterparts, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, in merchandising their over-the-top jersey concoctions.